Posted by Lilly from ? (22.214.171.124) on Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 3:59PM :
I wonder if the Iraqi ex-pats, when it's time for them to return to Iraq, whether or not there is regime change in the near future... I wonder if they will be snobbish & treat the "locals" badly, since most likely the Westernized crowd will have the economic advantage over the Iraqis who stayed in Iraq through thick & thin (the ex-pats will also have the advantage in urban areas through the external connections & resources that they can more easily come by than those who've been isolated due to sanctions)? I wonder if the ex-pats will go to Iraq &, instead of seeing people as humans, will see a disfigured &/or chronically ill population of poor & think that the poor deserve to stay poor - they are of no "use" to a society that is up & coming? & if the ex-pats will try to either control the black market or kill off (literally) black market competition? How sad it will be...
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