WaPo: The American ambassador in Baghdad, Ryan C. Crocker, has asked the Bush administration to take the unusual step of granting immigrant visas to all Iraqis employed by the U.S. government in Iraq because of growing concern that they will quit and flee the country if they cannot be assured eventual safe passage to the United States.
Crocker's request comes as the administration is struggling to respond to the flood of Iraqis who have sought refuge in neighboring countries since sectarian fighting escalated early last year. The United States has admitted 133 Iraqi refugees since October, despite predicting that it would process 7,000 by the end of September...
The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says that about 2 million Iraqis have been displaced inside the country so far, and that an estimated 2.2 million others have fled to Syria, Jordan and other neighbors, where they threaten to overwhelm schools and housing, destabilize host governments and provide a recruiting ground for radical unrest. Each month, an additional 60,000 Iraqis flee their homes, the U.N. agency said.
Overall estimates of the number of Iraqis who may be targeted as collaborators because of their work for U.S., coalition or foreign reconstruction groups are as high as 110,000. The U.N. refugee agency has estimated that 20,000 Iraqi refugees need permanent resettlement...
Posted on 07/22/2007 7:45 AM by Rebecca Bynum
22 Jul 2007
No. Only a very few. Not 110,000. Not 20,000. Mandaeans. Christians. The rest, being Muslims, can safely find their place elsewhere, if necessary, in the vast lands of the many different Arab countries, or even, for some Shi'a, possibly in Iran. If Sunni Arabs, among the Sunni Arabs, if Shi'a Arabs among the Shi'a Arab communities elsewhere. No more Muslims need to be brought to this country, or any part of the Bilad al-kufr. We can hardly cope with the security problem at it is now. Who among the Americans would be able to properly vet those tens of thousands, no doubt with many sleeper agents self-sown among them?