The human flood

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 11:58 p.m.
''I think everyone at this point is in denial about the human consequences of the war.''
Kathleen Newland, director of the Migration Policy Institute.
According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, 1.7 million Iraqis have been displaced since the U.S. overthrew Saddam Hussein. And each month, about 50,000 more Iraqis are forced to leave their homes and seek refuge elsewhere. Most of the refugees are being accepted by Jordan and Syria; the latter a nation that the U.S. won't even talk to. Meanwhile, just 220 Iraqis were permitted to come to the U.S. last year. The Bush Administration "wanted to keep the impression that they were being successful and that there were Iraqis who were committed to building democracy," Bill Frelick, a policy director at Human Rights Watch, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "As it turns out, many of the people who are fleeing are fleeing because of their associations with the United States."
The Associated Press

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