The forward strategy of freedom keeps moving forward
Since the “freedom” which it is America’s divinely ordained mission to bestow on the Muslim world includes the right to emigrate from one’s home country, the promoters of the spreading of “freedom” should be overjoyed to learn that Iraqis are exercising that right in record numbers since 2003 and especially since 2005. Of course, the reason they are choosing to exercise it is the deadly violence and threats of violence—not just generalized, but directed at specific persons and groups—that have been unleashed by the same “freedom” that we have bestowed on Iraq. As summarized by Randall Parker at Parapundit, over 650,000 Iraqis, including over 40 percent of Iraqi professionals (though the latter figure seems improbably high to me), have decamped to Jordan and Syria since the beginning of 2005. In a country of about 25 million people, that’s over 2 percent of the population. All I can say is, it’s great the way things balance out. Freedom made Iraq unlivably violent and dangerous, but that same freedom also gave the targets of that violence the ability to leave Iraq. Yay freedom.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 17, 2006 01:12 AM | Send