Tuesday, August 07, 2007

No Friend Left Behind Update

[posted by Callimachus]

“The British make us easy food near the lion’s mouth.”

Looks like the British are ahead of us in the race to leave behind the highest percentage of Iraqis who aided them and now find themselves in shark-infested waters.

“Anyone who is seeking to apply for refugee status must do so from within the United Kingdom. There is no exception to that,” said a Home Office spokesman. “Their cases will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis against the criteria of the 1951 Refugee Convention.”

There's a time to be a stickler for bureaucratic details, but this isn't it. Also, in the comments thread, many in the anti-war camp show their colors nicely:

Why make special provision or even queue-jumping available for those Iraqis who took the queen's shilling: They were will [sic] paid for their troubles and now have to face any consequenses [sic] inflicted by their own kind, ....


The collaboration between the British and American governments in prosecuting an illegal war in Iraq ought to have been a warning signal to anyone contemplating working for them, whether civilian British contractors or non-British nationals. If you collaborate with an occupying power, it is hard to feel sympathy for these people, who were probably given false promises of security when they signed up.

And so forth.