“Staying here is like committing suicide.”
Via the NYT: Cheated of Future, Iraqi Graduates Want to Flee
In interviews with more than 30 students from seven universities, all but four said they hoped to flee immediately after receiving their degrees. Many said they did not expect Iraq to stabilize for at least a decade.
The class of 2007 came of age during a transformation that according to students has harvested tragedy from seeds of hope. They are the last remnants of a middle class that has already fled by the tens of thousands. As such they embody the country’s progression from innocence to bitter wisdom amid dashed expectations and growing animosity toward the Americans.
Now, one can argue that the interviews were only with thirty students, and to some degree that is fair–as one can only infer so much from that small of a sample. Still, it is not a stretch to say that the situation that the educated middle class, especially the young is a dire and that fleeing the country is a rather logical option.