POLITICS
07/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kristof: Iraqi Children Our Moral Responsibility

The dirty little secret of the Iraq war isn't in Baghdad or Basra. Rather, it's found in the squalid brothels of Damascus and the poorest neighborhoods of East Amman.

Some two million Iraqis have fled their homeland and are now sheltering in run-down neighborhoods in surrounding countries. These are the new Palestinians, the 21st-century Arab diaspora that threatens the region's stability.

Many youngsters are getting no education, and some girls are pushed into prostitution, particularly in Damascus. Impoverished, angry, disenfranchised, unwanted, these Iraqis are a combustible new Middle Eastern element that no one wants to address or even think about.

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