Monday, March 06, 2017

Editorial: The Mosul refugee problem is whose fault?

Mosul was seized by the Islamic State in June of 2014.

For two years, the Iraqi government did nothing.

Finally, in October of 2016, Hayder al-Abadi, prime minister of Iraq, kicked off an operation that he said would liberate Iraq.

It's many days later, 140 as we type this on 3/6/17.

The Mosul Slog has been successful . . . in producing refugees.

  1. Report: More than 200,000 displaced as a result of the Iraqi forces' battle to retake the city of Mosul from ISIL

Two years before the government took action.

Two years.

And now that the operation has created yet another refugee crisis, what happens.

The government blames the United Nations.

THE NATIONAL reported:

An Iraqi minister on Saturday sharply criticised UN efforts to aid the tens of thousands of civilians fleeing the fighting in west Mosul.
"Unfortunately, there is a clear shortfall in the work of these (UN) organisations," said Jassem Mohammed Al Jaff, the minister of displacement and migration. When asked to elaborate, MrJaff said: "The United Nations talks a lot but the efforts being made are little, despite the huge amount of money in their possession."

The failure is not the United Nations.

The failure is the Iraqi government and, yes, that includes the Minister of Displacement and Migration.

mohammed ali eljaf

Mohammed Al Jaff is one of the few Iraqi politicians in a position of power who can claim he never fled Iraq.

So you'd think he'd be able to take some accountability.

But you'd be wrong.

Despite having two years to craft a plan, they apparently never considered the refugees the operation would create.

They clearly failed at planning.

Now as their failure is seen around the world, they whine about the United Nations.

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