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Angelina Jolie: US Should Step Up Iraq Humanitarian Support

The US should step up its material and financial support to the 4 million displaced Iraqis, Angelina Jolie wrote yesterday in an op-ed in the Washington Post.

Angelina, a UN goodwill ambassador, appealed to US congressional leaders and presidential candidates to include as part of their Iraq strategy a comprehensive and specific refugee plan. She pointed out that the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR) has asked for $261 million in funding, less than the US spends each day in Iraq.

As for the surge, Angelina wrote that during her visit to Iraq, international humanitarian workers told her that they felt that recent conditions in Iraq have allowed them to step up their programs. Angelina implored Americans:

"It seems to me that now is the moment to address the humanitarian side of this situation. Without the right support, we could miss an opportunity to do some of the good we always stated we intended to do."

It's wonderful that Angelina is drawing attention to the refugee crisis. As she argued, millions of homeless and jobless Iraqis in the heart of the Middle East could have grave security repercussions. Do you think the US must keep the troop levels high in order to improve the humanitarian situation?


Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
theres a lot of corruption within the Iraqis government... the US has given the Iraqis government several millions of dollars to help rebuild the country infracture
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I'm curious to see those interviews Jillness. Everyone in the military has the same basic training, but then they are offered specialized training. There are certainly soldiers that know how to set up plumbing, build roads, infrastructure, etc. It just depends what their job rates are. Now I don't know if we've deployed enough military personnel for the job, but there are certainly people trained to do such things. (in the Navy they were called Seabees...I'm not sure what they are called in other services) Then of course you have the problem of those individuals being protected while they try to pave roads, build bridges, restore electricity and/or plumbing. For that you need soldiers also. Unfortunately if we are going to continue to provide any sort of humanitarian aid it will have to include a military presence. So the question is do we pull out and leave them to fend for themselves or continue trying to win this "war?" Sigh. There are no easy answers.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I have seen a few interviews with the same Iraq veteran who says that part of the problems in Iraq are because they need things that soldiers can't do for them. Soldiers don't know how to set up plumbing, they don't know how to build roads and other infrastructure. He said something about our government focusing so much on soldiers and troop levels, while it ignores the bigger picture that would lead to progress.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Our war was behind the destruction of the infrastructure of this nation and the subsequent humanitarian crisis. Of course we should step up our efforts to clean up the mess we made. With that being said, I absolutely support our troops over there, and our first priorities should be to keep them safe and bring them home safe. However that doesn't mean that we can't do more to help the refugees we leave behind.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I'll agree that we went in unprepared, but I don't think we had faulty intelligence. I do think the Bush admin has never set the right expectations though as to why we are there or how long we might be there. I think its insulting to Vietnam vets to compare this war to theirs though.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
The Civil War lasted 4 years, World War 1 lasted 4 years, world war two lasted almost 15 years.....
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Yes. It seems like forever since we went in, it has been years, and then we were talking in terms of weeks and months. Now we are talking years and decades. It's hard to understand how we got to this point, but even harder to figure out how to solve it(no matter who you vote for).
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
the media is biased in general... but i think we can all agree that we went into this war with the wrong intelligence and ill prepared
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I agree. Hard facts seem to be hard to come by these days. It gets confusing when they push their own opinion too much. Zahara's was a little more to the point in that sense, perhaps becuse it was shorter(i.e. not an essay).
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Tres, I am trying to read that article, but it is hard to read when it is SOOOOO liberal biased. It is difficult to distinguish fact from propaganda. I hate when either group (conservative or liberal) writes this way. It distracts from facts.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
who= next President and administration
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Agreed! No matter who it is we got to stop with the lying!
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
no problem, trejolie, the bust administration is so corrupted, can't wait until January 20, 2009
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I just read it, and thanks again Zahara!
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Thanks Zahara! I'll read it right away. In the mean time I strongly suggest all of you read the article on Liberty's link.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
here is another link trejolie
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Thanks a bunch, Liberty!
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Check out this article. Tresjolie, the link gives a good explanation. Note that it does include a lot of opinion.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Could anyone direct me to articles about Al-qaeda pre-war in Iraq? I was of a different understanding than you guys, but I'm having a hard time finding something concrete about the issue.
pvellozzi82 pvellozzi82 9 years
No way, we need to take care of the homeless and helpless people in the united states before we take care of Iraqians.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
oh Cabaker, I would have died laughing. Stuff like that amuses me endlessly.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
My hubby's bro is a HUGE hippie, he got married last summer and I was put in charge of the camcorder... anyways, during his best man's speech, the best man said "i'm so glad my friend has met someone as EVOLVED as her" it took everything inside of me not to burst out laughing. if you watch the tape you can see the camera move a bit cuz i was laughing... haha!
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
Cabaker, I am SO sick of "it is 2008! Haven't we progressed enough to _____________" - Fill in the blank Personally, I think in many ways we have degenerated as a society.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
I think its so refreshing for her to say this! I completely agree with her and I'm glad she had the courage to say this when alot of people are against this. I knew I always liked her... :P
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
I'm just not "progressive" enough to understand.
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