How ironic that a decade later, the U.S. has a President who has instigated a conflict that threatens to not only disrupt, but pitch the nations in the region into open and unending warfare, spilling out beyond the Middle East through Europe and beyond.
Refugees cause instability and stress on the countries and governments that host them. Iraq's refugees already outnumber the refugees that fled Bosnia, Croatia, and Yugoslavia.
For a preview of future instability and war in the Middle East, watch where Iraqi refugees are going:
Refugees from Iraq are on the move. More than 1.2 million of them have already fled the country, and recent anecdotal reports—a many-fold increase in the buses traveling daily from Baghdad to Jordan this summer, for example—suggest that the tempo of the exodus is increasing. If the violence in Iraq spreads, the number of Iraqis who flee to neighboring states may well triple. And if the nascent civil war in Iraq unfolds the way most other recent civil wars have, the refugees will remain outside Iraq for years.
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