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Discussion in 'Politics' started by Daisy, Feb 19, 2007.
What should we do about the refugees?
When Vietnam fell to the communists, we got a large proportion of their best and brightest as refugees. Today, they and their children are Americans, and are enriching our nation culturally and economically.
If we see a similar exodus from Iraq, it will be good for us in the long run, but one more disaster for Iraq, which sorely needs such people.
There's a lot of resistance to accepting them in so far. The US has less than 500 since the war began and we have just pledged to receive 7,000 more.
Meanwhile Jordan has about 750,000 - but without refugee status (they have to renew their tourist visas every six months). Our 7,000 is 1% of their total and they are a whole lot poorer and smaller.
Syria has about 1,000,000. Egypt anywhere from 80,000 to 130,000. Our Saudi & Kuwaiti friends have taken 0.
Linky to BBC on Iraqi Refugees
We win the war by defeating the insurgents. We refuse the misguided political idea of withdrawal until victory is secure. Nothing keeps people at home like a safe city to live in.
That would be nice. Do you think the remaining Sunnis would be safe from the government goon squads? Or will they flee and stay flown?
Supposing it possible, yes.
That's water under the bridge.
The face of the US is changed by refugees from every war we get ourselves into. When last visiting Houston, I was surprised to find a large Vietnamese Buddhist temple hear my relatives' home. Flags of the defunct South Vietnam are all around. Street signs in parts of Downtown have streets named after Texian heroes like Travis, Milam, and others, translitterated into the Vietnamese language.
I imagine in 20 years, there will be much the same with Iraqis in this country. We stick our noses where they don't belong, and we have a responsibility to deal with the outcome. Like the administration said, it's the Pottery Barn rule...you break it, you own it.