Should USA Aid Refugees in Northern Iraq?

Posted on 2014-08-08
Last Modified: 2014-08-19
Should US Aid Refugees in Northern Iraq?
Question by:SunBow
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    The USA should aid refugees everywhere.
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    I just do hate the way US foreign policy swings from one extreme to another.
    First you go in all gun-ho and then you come out as if nothing had happened.

    In both cases a Teddy Rooseveld policy of "speak softely and carry a big stick" would have quietly removed Saddam and not created a vacuum and would have ensured that a post war Iraqi government represented everybody.

    Instead of locking up the "soldiers" in Guantanamo without trail, they should have been sent to the International Court in the Hague. Instead one should have ïnvited "truculent politicians" on Cuban holidays.

    So the coalition forces now have an obligation to bring some sort of order into the field.
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    I may miss things, looks like only 'coalition' was US/Kurdistan, with minor hints of some British, 'some' Iraq, no UN or Russian or European mainland.
    OTOH Russia followed by sending huge convoy of vehicles repainted white as 'humanitarian relief' that traveled for days to Ukraine border, then turned around after a few opened and found with 'some' supplies, many others just plain empty. It is expected they will retry after another military confrontation.
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    that traveled for days to Ukraine border,

    Note, not the border which is controlled by the pro-Russian separatists, but the northern Ukrainian border under normal control by the Ukrainian border police. Naturally they would be refused here, whereas if they went a bit further south they could have delivered everything without any fuss nor bother.
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    What I'd read into,was that they did head further south then it was found Ukraine had unexpectedly taken over the border post.  Emphasis on the excessive time it took, miles driven. I lost track of involvement of UN and especially Red Cross regarding inspection and transportation from border to ?where?. Or just how/why they'd have inspections of empty truckloads of 'relief' supplies, for ... just who.

    Revisiting - appears to remain a 'work in progress':

    OSCE to Oversee Russian Humanitarian Convoy Crossing Ukrainian Border August 17

    Ukraine has recognised as relief aid the International Red Cross cargo which Russia dispatched to Ukraine on August 12 17 August,
    ICRC also said it was still waiting to receive security guarantees from the fighting parties ineastern Ukraine before it goes ahead with the convoy

    Ukraine guarantees safety of Russian humanitarian convoy August 19
    Earlier in the day, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic leaders said they would guarantee the security of the Russian humanitarian convoy

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