Thursday, February 15, 2007


Not All Ohioans are This Rude

Strickland To Bush: No Iraqi Refugees To Ohio - Commitment 2006: "Strickland, a Democrat who opposed the war as a U.S. House member, said Ohioans cannot be expected to have open arms for Iraqis displaced by the war. More than 100 Ohioans have been killed since the war began.
'I think Ohio and Ohioans have contributed a lot to Iraq in terms of blood, sweat and too many tears,' Strickland said. 'I am sympathetic to the plight of the innocent Iraqi people who have fled that country. However, I would not want to ask Ohioans to accept a greater burden than they already have borne for the Bush administration's failed policies.'
The U.S. has a responsibility to help Iraqis who face danger in their own country for helping Americans topple Saddam Hussein's government, said Abid Al-Marayati, a professor of government at the University of Toledo who left Iraq in 1958.
'It's not a question of whether we should accept them or not. These people served the U.S. forces,' Al-Marayati said. 'I think for our country, we could absorb that (number of refugees) quite easily.'"

Having lived in Ohio and nearby for much of my young life, I am comfortable saying that this is not a commonly shared belief. Strickland's stance against helping the very Iraqi's who have risked their lives to help our war succeed is disgraceful. Shame.

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