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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

On "unrealistic" deportations

Oh dear, I forgot that it's Iran's turn to be Hitler:

More than 70,000 Afghans who were in Iran illegally have been returned in the past month, the United Nations said on Monday, as talks were under way between the neighbours over the controversial deportations.... The talks in Iran were to focus on how the deportations were carried out and also the treatment of deportees, it said. There have been reports of returnees being separated from their families in the drive to get them out. Tehran has said it wanted one million Afghans repatriated by next March. The 70,000 who have been sent back started returning from April.

70,000 per month = 840,000 per year = 6.7 million in eight years. Obviously there's no evidence whatsoever that George Bush's statement that deportations are "unrealistic" is false.

Other than, you know, the mass deportations taking place right now. And incredibly, it's being done without the mass slaughter that some have insisted is inherently a part of any such involuntary mass transportation, the daily busing of 23.5 million American school children notwithstanding.

On a tangential note, doesn't it strike you as just a little bit strange that one million Afghans should prefer the very hellhole of Islamic repression that happens to be the neocons' preferred next target of liberation occupation instead of the shiny new US-installed democracy?

UPDATE - Thomas Sowell shares his thoughts on what is "unrealistic":

Back in 1986 it was “unrealistic” to round up and deport the three million illegal immigrants in the United States then. So they were given amnesty — honestly labeled, back then — which is precisely why there are now 12 million illegal immigrants.

The question that no one is either asking or answering is this: if deporting 12 million aliens in eight years is unrealistic, then precisely what number is realistic? I note that an affirmative answer of any number above zero means that deporting 12 million aliens is merely a function of time.

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