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A moral imperative

Apr 22, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

With so much attention focused on the violence in Iraq, not nearly enough is focused on Iraqi refugees — based on the graphic accounts of their plight during a day-long “Iraq Action Days” conference last Monday at George Washington University. People representing nearly two dozen non-governmental-organizations detailed what is happening to 2.2 million refugees outside Iraq and 2.77 million displaced persons inside the country. These people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, and Congress must approve funding for key humanitarian assistance programs in the fiscal year 2008 supplemental budget.

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Focus on Iraq and the future

Apr 8, 2008 | Comments Off

The Washington Times

BYLINE: By Tulin Daloglu, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES

With Congress beginning hearings today on the long-awaited Iraq report card from Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, Republicans and Democrats will continue their fight over Iraq policy. Democrats will likely score points over the invasion and the surge in absentia of Iraqi political reconciliation. Both sides have more than enough reason to be frustrated and depressed about Iraq. An end is unlikely in the foreseeable future. The presidential race may play a role in any intensified rhetoric. After all, the candidates may gain some votes with their statements for either a longer stay or a quick withdrawal from Iraq. But neither makes any sense strategically until the United States makes clear its end goal.

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