Or: the Farce of European immigration
By Mark Linnhoefer; International Affairs Desk Correspondent
Why, oh why, do I live on a continent that is for the most part apparently run by fucking degenerates?
A series of articles caught my attention a week or two ago, all revolving around the EU seeking a UN resolution allowing them to systematically identify and destroy illegal human trafficking ships in advance to prevent them from bringing Libyan migrants to the borders of the European Union, under the pretext that the ships used by those smugglers are essentially floating death traps for those poor souls fleeing their home country.
Well, they are right about the ships being fucking dangerous, but they somehow missed a step in logic when they proposed to blow these ships up (without anyone on board, obviously). According to multiple reports, these ships are generally fishing boats not smuggler’s ships until a day or two prior to the expedition, so if the EU wanted to fully abolish smuggling they’d have to take out any and all boats in every harbor, which would obviously really fuck those poor fisherman over as their livelihood depends on their ability to fish.
Italy’s government, however, claims that it possesses intelligence that would allow it to identify and strike the smuggler’s ships and only the smuggler’s ships. Well, even if that were the case, which I highly doubt, the UN would still be allowing acts of war to take place on the shores of a sovereign nation, and the Libyan government has already made it perfectly clear that they would not take such an act lightly, calling it a “declaration of war against Libya”.
Even the Vatican agrees that these “systematic efforts to identify, capture and destroy vessels” are an overt act of war. On a side note, Italy’s government already has ships in the Libyan sea that would allow them to save tons of migrants, but these ships’ sole purpose is the protection of a huge oil rig near the Libyan coast. The whole thing is called “Mare Sicuro”, a name that roughly translates to “Safe Seas”, which is just sadly ironic if you ask me.
This proposed resolution would not only fail to save the refugees’ lives, it would worsen their situation. Just imagine it; these are people stuck in the middle of a bloody and, as always, senseless war, emaciated and frightened, only looking for a safe haven, and then the ships – albeit being run by criminals, completely overfilled, and generally unsafe – are blown up or rendered unusable. At that point, they’d be willing to take any alternative that might get them across the ocean, and then even more innocent people would start drowning. And their blood would be on the EU’s hands, because no alternative ways of legally getting refugees out of crisis areas are in place. The EU has sealed its borders up as tightly as possible, with Germany leading as a glorious example of political hypocrisy.
Germany, on the face, is the most inviting country there is: any refugee can come there, no problem, as long as he hasn’t been in any other European countries prior to his arrival. Which is impossible, just look at a map. The EU itself has border fences that look like the Mexican-American borders on crack. So it is not surprising, really, to hear that the Union is looking for a resolution that would allow it to bomb ships that might bring refugees into its territory, without offering a feasible alternative. Like, for example, using these fucking Italian oil-rig patrolling ships to, I don’t know, save some human lives like any decent person would do given the damn chance?
For Fuck’s sake, how inhumane can people that are supposed to represent entire countries be? I mean, sure, maybe they were goodish intentions behind this plan, intentions like preventing the drowning of innocents, but apparently these politicians do not think things through. If they’d only taken a moment to reflect on the situation in Libya, and on the desperation of these refugees, they would have realized that bombing those poor souls’ only way of escape is pretty fucking stupid. Legal ways of getting out of there, legal channels of immigration: those are resolutions that need passing.
But instead of taking a single step forward, the European Union has decided to take five steps back, and America might actually join in. According to retired Italian Air Force Gen. Leonardo Tricarico, the Italian military might be able to borrow some drones full of weaponry to pierce the hulls of the trafficker’s ships, which sounds like a great plan: getting some high-tech American shooting gadget into Libyan territory and piercing some ship hulls. Libya just recently shot at a Turkish cargo vessel because of a law restricting passage of ships that contain supplies or weapons for Islamist terrorist, from which we can judge that Libya is very determined about its self-defense, and will definitely not take an act like a freaking drone flying into its country in a “systematic [effort] to […] destroy vessels” lightly, and that might turn ugly on all of us.
If you seal a boiling kettle with a lid, the water is going to come out with a bang, and that will be worse for both you and the water than if you had just let it boil…