More on Congressional Hearing on Iraqi refugees

So where have you been Washington Post?   Just today (five days after RRW) the Washington Post reports on the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Iraqi refugees.   See our coverage last Wednesday here.

This is how the reporter, Walter Pincus, begins his report:

A House hearing last Tuesday led to an unusual discussion about U.S. obligations to the 4.5 million Iraqi refugees who live inside and outside that country.

What does he mean by “unusual?”    Could he possibly mean that what Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) said was so unusual? 

Democrats demanded that the Bush administration take responsibility for the refugees displaced by the five-year-old war, help them survive in Jordan, Syria and elsewhere, and allow some into the United States.


But one Republican’s view is that U.S. aid might deter Iraqi refugees from going home, where those who aided the U.S. Military and could be essential to building democracy are especially needed.


……. Rohrabacher had another view: “They’re wonderful people who’d like to live here, especially the ones who have helped us, but the last thing we want to do is to have people who are friendly to democracy . . . moving here in large numbers at a time when they’re needed to build a new, thriving Iraq.”

I was tickled to see that the Congressman is a man after my own heart!  

We have written 110 posts on Iraqi refugees (since last July) and other than the very desperate Christians we have said all along Iraqis must go home and rebuild Iraq.

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