Wednesday, August 29, 2007

More on the Iraqi Refugee Situation

The New York Times ran another piece today about the plight of Iraqi refugees seeking safety in the United States. The State Department has expressed a willingness to offer asylum to Iraqis who have worked for the United States government, but Iraqis who worked for the United States indirectly--say, for a U.S. contractor helping with reconstruction--are out of luck. Unlike the State Department, insurgents don't see the difference between working directly or indirectly for the United States. In their eyes, working for Americans in any way is a death worthy offense.

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