Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Rundown With José Díaz-Balart,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) said the United States should take refugees fleeing Syria because our “intervention” in Iraq with the 2003 war is responsible for the Syrian civil war that began in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring with protests against President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
Gutiérrez said, “Look, we are a world leader. We are particularly responsible for the chaos and the lack of civil government that exists in our intervention in Iraq. We knew what could possibly happen there. We knew that the spillover into Syria is part of that intervention. We have a responsibility. Certainly we cannot challenge Germany to do better, France to do better, Italy to do better. I think we should follow Pope Francisco’s call and we should take in immigrants, too, to this country and refugees that are fleeing this terrible, horrendous situation.”