Comment worth noting: Why do we “resent” Iraqi refugees?
Posted by Ann Corcoran on March 26, 2009
Here is a comment from reader Liz posted at our fact sheets link above.
I volunteer for the List Project, which resettles Iraqi refugees who worked for the U.S. government in Iraq as translators, doctors, engineers, to name a few. As a result of their association with Americans, they are hunted, killed, and have their houses burned down.
Why would you not want to help resettle and fund these Iraqis? They suffered terribly while working for OUR GOVERNMENT in a war we started. They come here as very highly educated people who simply want peace and a safe place to live. They are muslim and christian.
Please explain why you resent them?
Dear Liz, we have written 341 posts on Iraqi refugees and if you read even a small fraction of those, I doubt you could make the statement: “Please explain why you resent them?” (Note, Liz places a question mark here but she isn’t really questioning, she is stating what she believes is fact.) I contend that we have a greater concern for the well-being of the Iraqis than Liz does.
This is how leftists operate—they attempt to shut down a serious public policy discussion by vilifying anyone who disagrees with them.
“[R]esent them?” How on earth do you get that we “resent them?” Bringing Iraqi refugees to the US in large numbers at this time of economic turmoil, not encouraging them to return to Iraq to help rebuild it, placing older Iraqi professionals in jobs cleaning motels, having Iraqis come here then fear eviction and complaining about the resettlement agencies neglecting them, aren’t these issues that warrant serious public debate and discussion? Instead you, Liz, and many others like you, emotionally driven, just wish to shut down a serious discussion by attempting to silence any critics. It won’t work (we are hard-hearted afterall!)
P.S. It just occurred to me that maybe you don’t know about all the unhappy Iraqis in the US, because I bet your leaders at the List Project aren’t telling you (if they even know). Check out our Iraqi refugee category where we have reported from 17 states where recently resettled Iraqis are unhappy and wishing to go home to the Middle East.
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