The U.N. Security Council lifted the sanctions after the fall of Saddam in 2003. But by then, Iraq was aflame. Growing sectarian violence eventually triggered a massive refugee exodus, and soon I was talking, once again, with Iraqis struggling for survival.At The Baltimore Sun, we took a particular interest in the crisis. The top State Department official for refugees, Ellen Sauerbrey, had been a veteran Maryland lawmaker and two-time Republican nominee for governor. And Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, was addressing the outflow as co-chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe – the Helsinki Commission.