Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Iraqis seeking to visit U.S. find visas delayed or denied

Sami Rasouli of the Iraqi-American Reconciliation Project writes in the Minneapolis-Star Tribune about the difficulties Iraqis have in receiving visas to travel to the U.S. Rasouli comes from Najaf, a sister city to Minneapolis-St. Paul, and says, "Many Najafis want to visit Minneapolis, to make new friends and colleagues among Minnesotans. Najafis from many professions -- including doctors, lawyers, teachers, students, parents, business owners and others -- are eager to see a different side of Americans than the soldiers and occupation forces. Unfortunately, these applicants for peace frequently are denied visas, and infrequently are given a good reason why... After decades of war, sanctions and occupation that have devastated Iraq, the United States should allow Iraqis who want to partner and make friends with Americans into the country. This is the least part of what the United States can do, but it is an important step toward reconciliation." Read more...