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Getting Away With Murder

Friday, 06 November 2015 19:40

The deaths of Middle Eastern refugees are becoming so commonplace they rarely make it on to the front pages in the United States. However, the deaths of 23 refugees in a rocket attack in Iraq on Oct. 29 should have been the exception. The U.S. has pledged to protect these particular refugees, yet has repeatedly failed to do so. The incident is one more example of the Obama administration's feckless foreign policy, especially when it comes to dealing with Iran.

The attack took place at Camp Liberty, a former U.S. military camp outside Baghdad that is home to more than 2,000 Iranian refugees who are members of the main opposition group to the mullahs who rule Iran. Some 80 Iranian-built rockets hit the small camp that has been home to members of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran under an agreement signed by the United States and the government of Iraq in 2011. The Iranians, who now pull the strings in the Iraqi government, want the PMOI eliminated -- and are continuing to slaughter them while the U.S. looks the other way.

When the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003, members of the PMOI, who had built their own city, Ashraf, near the border with Iran, agreed to turn over their weapons to the U.S. military in return for written guarantees of their safety issued to each individual in the camps. When the U.S. withdrew from Iraq, the PMOI agreed to be temporarily resettled from their homes in Ashraf to Camp Liberty with the understanding that the government of Iraq would protect them -- an agreement memorialized in a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and Iraq.

Instead, the group has suffered numerous attacks that have resulted in hundreds of casualties both at Ashraf and Liberty. Nor has Camp Liberty, which was supposed to be a temporary relocation camp before the refugees were resettled outside Iraq, met the most basic humanitarian standards, lacking sufficient water, food, medical supplies and decent living facilities.

As tragic as the loss of lives at Camp Liberty was, the stakes for the U.S. are even graver. The Obama administration negotiated a bad nuclear deal with Iran -- one that gives Iran sanctions relief without adequate inspections to assure Iran's compliance. Since that agreement, Iran has repeatedly poked the Obama administration in the eye, testing long-range missiles, arresting American citizens in Tehran, and fostering terrorism in the region with no consequences.

So what will the Obama administration do in response to these continued Iranian provocations? Probably nothing. But one action that the U.S. could easily take is to honor its promises to the Iranian refugees still stuck in Camp Liberty.

Source: http://townhall.com/columnists/lindachavez/2015/11/06/getting-away-with-murder-n2076582

Linda Chavez | Nov 06, 2015

Linda Chavez

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