Sunday, May 13, 2007

Partners in received logic

Now here is a comparison that some people will find seriously obnoxious, but when John Bolton says:
“Our obligation was to give [the Iraqi people] new institutions and provide security. We have fulfilled that obligation. I don’t think we have an obligation to compensate for the hardships of war....Helping the refugees flies in the face of received logic.”
and Paula Dobriansky — the undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs — and her colleague Ellen Sauerbrey, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, "mainly agreed with him", how precisely does this differ from the attitude of the Sudanese government towards refugees from Darfur?

There are an estimated 4,000,000 Iraqi refugees and 'internally displaced persons', about 15% of the population. Since 2003 the United States has given asylum to 701.

(the quotes are from The Flight From Iraq by Nir Rosen)

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