I thought people and countries were supposed to clean up their own messes? I mean since when can you go into someone else country, destroy it, displace the occupants, and then expect other people to fix it, help those displaced people, and pay for it? It makes no sense, yet that’s what George Bush is doing with his Iraq war mess. Sweden is one of the countries stepping up to help the fleeing refugees, but the flow is too heavy.:
Sweden, which has one of the world’s most welcoming refugee policies, has become the new home of 40,000 Iraqis since the war began in 2003. Last year alone, more than 18,000 Iraqi refugees came to Sweden. According to the State Department, the United States has taken in roughly 6,000 Iraqis in programs for refugees and translators. If the United States accepted as many people per capita as Sweden, a nation of 9 million, he said, it would have taken in 500,000 refugees. If the United States accepted as many people per capita as Sweden, a nation of 9 million, he said, it would have taken in 500,000 refugees.
Iraqi Refugees Find Sweden’s Doors Closing Immigrants Overtax System, Critics Say
By Mary Jordan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Thursday, April 10, 2008; A01
SODERTALJE, Sweden — Behind the wheel of his old Ford Escort, Oshin Merzoian puttered happily along snowy streets. Back home in Baghdad, he said, he always drove at crazy speeds to avoid killers and kidnappers.
But here in “Little Baghdad,” as this city that has accepted roughly as many Iraqi refugees as the entire United States is called, Merzoian is enjoying the luxuries of living in peace. He doesn’t strap on a gun for protection, and he notes that Swedish police worry more about seat belts than roadside bombs.