Posted by: bklunk | March 27, 2007

Anybody Have a Tourniquet?

Here is a post that brings attention to an under-reported aspect of the conflict in Iraq:

How to stop a Hemmorhage? « International Relations


The Gulf News article “Telling the Dark, Sordid Truth” Discusses what is one of the most important issues of this decade, which is the fleeing of Iraqis to safe havens outside of Iraq. The article is right to say that the Iraqis live in a state of terror, that they risk their lives by staying another day in their country, not knowing if tomorrow they will be murdered. This is the reason that many Iraqis are trying to get out of the country as soon as they can. The question is, that I seem to have difficulty understanding, is “is the lifeblood of Iraq is being drained away?” as the article suggests it is. The Iraqi refugees flee to save their own lives, but one day they will return, soon hopefully. This isn’t a permanent drain, only a temporary one which is necessary for their own well-being. Any place is better than Iraq, as the article itself mentions that the refugees are aware that the first safe havens they find will be “miserable”.

The fact that the article points out, which is that 1,500 Iraqis flee their homes every day is testament to the worsening situation in the country. How could a person want to return to their former homes where they are not guaranteed to live out the night? Despite the U.S efforts to propagate the notion that things are getting better, how can they be if they can not even stem the tide of refugees leaving the country. Things cannot be getting better if the U.S, Iraqi police, and the Iraqi army cannot ensure the safety of the land.

The only way to stop the Iraqis from fleeing and becoming refugees is to make them feel safe enough to stay, safe enough that they would stay not only themselves but also their families. What the Gulf News calls a Hemorrhage of the land can be fixed with the proper surgical procedures of cleaning the corrupt police force, stopping the militias, and fixing the economy of the land by stopping corrupt contracts. This Hemorrhage drains the country of the very people that is needed to fix the problems that plague this part of the world. The unstoppable drain of the land, this “Hemorrhage” is bound to get worse as the situation deteriorates.

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  1. The growing number of Iraqi refugees is indeed a very important and underreported issue. Although it is regrettable, I understand that for many people, leaving the country is the safest and easiest way to protect themselves. There is no doubt in my mind that the refugees will return; the more important question is: how soon will it be safe for them to return? The civil war that is taking place is creating chaos on the country, and the fighting needs to stop before peace can flourish. The author is right that a number of measures need to be taken to make Iraq safe for its citizens, but no single way to do this is evident thus far. Should the United States pull out of Iraq and leave them to figure things out for themselves? Or should we instead increase our presence and continue to attempt to control the clashing groups ourselves? While we try to answer these questions, the citizens of Iraq will continue to escape, and eventually the country will be composed of two feuding groups, and the United States, stuck in the middle.

  2. This is a very important issue. Everyone in our country talks only about our involvement and our troops, which of course is extremely important, but there is also another side to the Iraq war. That is, as the article points out, the innocent citizens that are suffering in Iraq. I too hope that something can be done where this treand will be reversed. The main question for me though is what kind of Iraq will these citizens return to? It’s terrible that they have to leave their homeland, and when the war starts nearing an end, which hopefully will be sooner rather than later, there needs to be a plan for the rebuildin of Iraq, because the damage that has been done to these innocent peoples’ homeland is unbelievable. They need to return to some stability.

  3. This seems to be a growing, pressing issue that needs to be dealt with in a quick manner. 1500 people a day that flee their homes, is very dramatic, and at this rate, hypothetically, there will be no one to preserve the State of Iraq for. Some needs to be done, and I agree that there needs to be a crackdown on the Iraqi police force corruption. Once the corruption is fixed, I believe that more and more people with have more faith in their police and the protection that they offer. Also their needs to be Iraqi citizens involved in the solution because the best people to help persuade people to stay, are people that are determined to stay in their homes through out this whole ordeal. This is a very complex problem because who would actually want to stay in their homes if they are scared they might not survive to see the next day? If there was a state wide consensus that would guarantee things would be alright, people would not leave. But since there is just American propaganda stating this and the war is almost over, not many would take it seriously because they keep seeing their neighbors and families dying, and the survivors fleeing.

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