Bush’s surge escalated ethnic cleansing.


Shiites have cleared the western half of Baghdad of thousands of Sunnis, who once dominated the area. “The surge of U.S. troops — meant in part to halt the sectarian cleansing of the Iraqi capital — has hardly stemmed the problem.” Rafiq Tschannen, chief of the Iraq mission for the International Organization for Migration, “says that the fighting that accompanied the influx of U.S. troops actually ‘has increased the IDPs to some extent.'”