Palestinians In Limbo On Iraq Border

There are so many examples of how humans were forced into horrible situations due to the American invasion of Iraq, it is sometimes difficult to know how to begin this story of desperation. Saddam Hussein was a cruel, vicious and dictatorial ruler who ruthlessly killed thousands, but, for some reason, he offered refuge to Palestinians. About 34,000 were living in Iraq when the US invasion overthrew the dictator. Palestinian refugees did not receive a warm welcome from the new rulers of Iraq and have been subjected to abuse and violence. About 2,000 are now trapped in refugee camps on the border of Iraq-Syria without any prospect of securing refuge. Fortunately, the people of Iceland and Sweden have offered a few hundred refuge in their nations.

The plight of the refugees is merely indicative of failure on the part of wealthy Arab nations such as Saudi Arabia to actually do something to aid Palestinians. If someone in the Israel government had some idea about public relations, its government might offer refuge to these Palestinians and gain respect in the Arab world. Then again, where is the United States in offering assistance to these people?