2007 June 04 Monday
Iraqi Employees Want To Leave With American Employers
Time to start thinking about how the United States will withdraw from Iraq. Iraqi employees of US companies, US agencies, and the US military want to leave Iraq when the US pulls out.
BAGHDAD -- With pressure building in Washington for an American troop pullout, Iraqis who have worked closely with U.S. companies and military forces are begging their employers for assurances that they will be able to leave with them.
"They must take care of the people who worked with the Americans," said Hayder, an Iraqi who has worked for several U.S. companies since coalition forces entered Iraq.
"I work with them, I support them, I protect them. They must give us something," he said as he sipped tea in a small cafe in the fortified Green Zone.
Like most Iraqis working with the Americans, Hayder insisted that his full name not be published. Those known to cooperate with U.S. forces and companies are regularly targeted, threatened and killed by both Sunni and Shi'ite extremists.
My simple but correct advice: No, do not bring these people to America. Keep Islam out of the United States.
I wonder if the US could make a deal with the Kurds to take in the Iraqi Arabs who currently work for the US. Kurdistan would be a safer place for them if the Kurdistan government would accept them. Another possibility is Jordan. The US could offer to pay cash for Jordan to take some Sunni Iraqi refugees. The Jordanians wouldn't want the Shias. For the Shias Iran might be an option.
What I want to know: Will the US even try to maintain an embassy in Baghdad when the US Congress finally forces the US military to start withdrawal? Will enough US forces remain to protect the Green Zone? I do not see how that could work. I'm expecting that supplying those forces will become extremely difficult. Absent a larger US force the drive of convoys from Kuwait to Baghdad will become too dangerous.
What I also want to know: Will Congressional Republicans shift against the war in the fall of 2007? Once the surge has clearly failed the Republicans have got to start thinking about their own political survival. How to avoid voter wrath in November 2008?
The Congressional Republicans need to break with Bush on Iraq and on immigration if they want to get reelected.
Randall said: I wonder if the US could make a deal with the Kurds to take in the Iraqi Arabs who currently work for the US. Kurdistan would be a safer place for them if the Kurdistan government would accept them.
I doubt it, the Kurds will be busy fighting an annexation by Turkey. In a sense, it'll be out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Another possibility is Jordan. The US could offer to pay cash for Jordan to take some Sunni Iraqi refugees.
Jordan is still dealing with a million Palestinian refugees - the Jordanians know the problem with integrating foreigners!
For the Shias Iran might be an option.
That's an interest option - my initial reaction was that the Iranians wouldn't want anything to do with Vichy-Shia, but maybe they'd take them in return for the US paying them a load of cash (presumably the US wouldn't be so churlish as to pay Jordan but not Iran) and then parade them around as really brilliant PR - "Shia of the world, Iran will look after you but the US-satan will abandon you". A third option is that they take the money and then hang the lot of them for betraying Islam - that would be just as soul-destroying for the US as it impotently watches it happen.
PS: I wonder if the US would destroy the new "embassy" so as to avoid CNN broadcasting images of some other flag flying from the flagpole?
After Vietnam fell to the communists there was some
sympathy for those who might have been seen as fighting for freedom.
In Iraq, though, you have several sides fighting for Islamic theocracy-democracy,
for sectarian supremacy, which should elicit little or no sympathy here.
Also, when you partition, or allow it to happen, each side gets a refuge.
This is why partition is so important, it provides a refuge for those who are otherwise
in greater danger, and it takes away the main basis of conflict:
the Sunni apprehensions of Shia supremacy.
American officials are stuck in the pattern of believing that
they can just preach inclusionism, even from inside the blast walls of
a high-security zone of exclusionism, and expect peace and brotherhood to bloom.
According to our officials' basic premises, at least as they outwardly use them,
it is man's nature to live in peace without conflict,
regardless of the extent of differences and hostility between groups,
since the conflicts are fomented, not deep-rooted.
On such premisses, all one has to do is preach to the hostile sides, that they have a duty to get along.
No one can blame them for not anticipating civil war and a mad scramble for power
in a country like Iraq, our officials would believe,
only those who discriminate would assume intergroup hostility.
Will the US even try to maintain an embassy in Baghdad when the US Congress finally forces the US military to start withdrawal?
Yes, that does appear to be the ($1.2 billion/year [*]) plan:
[*] Includes 16,000 sq. ft. ambassador's residence, gym, huge pool, food court, and power generation and water-treatment plants.
It wasn't ever meant to be a mere embassy. Instead, think of it as a imperial regional administration hub.
That's a staggering amount of money. Imagine what we could do with $1.2 billion per year in solar photovoltaic research or battery research.
I THINK THAT THE AMERICANS SHOULD WELCOME IRAQI TO COME TO USA AS PARTICULAR THERE ARE MANY WELL EDUCATED PEOPLE IN LIBYA WITH PH.D AND GOOD EXPERIENCES DONT LIKE TO RETURN TO IRAQ ANS STILL STAYED IN LIBYA SYRIA AND JORDON,I THINK IF USA GOVERMENT ORDERED UNITED NATION IN LIBYA TO ACCEPT IRAQI TO RESETTLE IN USA GIVING THEM ALL FASCILITY AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT ,NOT PUTTING THEM IN USA WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT ,THOSE PEOPLE ARE GOOD AND CAN WORK IN USA AND GET EXPERIENCES TO TRANSFER IT TO IRAQ.I AM NOW HAVING FAMILY IN DETROIT MY BROTHER AND WILLING TO GO TO USA WITH MY SONS AND WIFE TO RESETTLE IN USA ,THEN I CAN MOVE TO IRAQ AND HAVE IRAQ -AMERICA JOINT BRIDGE.SO WHY GET BENIFIT FROM IRAQI IN LIBYA