Monday, April 23, 2007

Monday, April 23. 2007

During the past week we have been visiting Iraqi refugee families (the Jordanian government prefers the term "guests") of all types throughout the city of Amman. The families have crossed a broad spectrum of classes, religions and ethnicities. Some have been in Amman for many years while others most recently fled the violence in Iraq.

Each has a story to tell (stories and photos to come later). To see more from Jordan, visit Belinda Subraman's weblog http://belindasubraman.livejournal.com/ or Dhar Jamail and Tom Engelhardt from Syria http://www.antiwar.com/engelhardt/?articleid=10857

However, one thing they all say in common is that the U.S. not only caused the current crisis, but that it will continue to worsen every day that "coalition" troops remain in Iraq. All say that the U.S. should leave before it is too late, that is before Baghdad becomes completely like Beirut and Mogadishu during the civil wars in those cities....or worse.

Iraqis are beginning to lose hope that the American government has any intelligent people at all and fear that the occupation and war will continue to the point that President Bush will one day ask "Are there any Iraqis still left in Iraq?" (a current Iraqi joke about the refugee crisis).

Estimates of the number of Iraqis who have fled, internally and externally range from 4-5 million. In the U.S. this would be the equivalent of 40 million or more. The estimate is that each much brings 50,000 more refugees and 6-8,000 new dead and injured.

Nice legacy for Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice-Congress-et al.


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