America’s puzzling moral ambivalence about Middle East refugees | Brookings Institution

Map of major operations and battles of the Ira...

Map of major operations and battles of the Iraq War as of 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to think-tank, Brookings Institution, nearly 90% of Americans believe the Iraq war played some role in today’s refugee crisis. It suggests that a majority of Americans support taking in refugees from Middle Eastern conflicts, assuming that they are screened for security risks. This is so despite political exploitation of horrific terrorism in the name of Islam. Yet, Americans are deeply divided on whether or not the United States has a moral responsibility to help refugees from conflicts in the Middle East. The article explores the American moral ambivalence.

Source: America’s puzzling moral ambivalence about Middle East refugees | Brookings Institution

Meanwhile, in the UK attention is focused on Wednesday’s release of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war. We can expect massive coverage from the world’s media.


Opinion – General Sir Nicholas Houghton believed to be holding up Chilcot inquiry | Daily Mail Online – John Gelmini

WMD world map

WMD world map (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sadly, Sir Nicholas Houghton is not the only cause of the delay to the completion of the Chilcott enquiry. The American Government has 44 pages of redacted material that is relevant to the enquiry and it refuses to release any of it.

The real reasons for invading IRAQ were geopolitical and had to do with:

a) The reordering of the Middle East chessboard, as a precursor to “taking-down” a number of regimes in the Middle-East, prior to destabilising countries on Russia’s southern flank

b) $61 trillion dollars worth of oil

c) Something alegedly in the museum in Baghdad that America wanted above anything else.

Sir John Chilcott and his team were probably chosen for their weakness and have only worked on the report on average 3 days a week whilst doing other things.

Maxwellisation has been a convenient excuse and now Sir Nicholas Houghton is put forward as the scapegoat. The truth is as per my a), b) and c), plus other reasons to which I am not privy. I sense that it had nothing to do with terrorism, “weapons of mass destruction” or any of the reasons advanced by Tony Blair nor the Establishment.

The public interest will not be served and the Chilcott process will fail just as it was meant to.

John Gelmini