What Can We Do About The Migrant Crisis?

Once more the death of a host of migrants trying to reach the shores of Europe has hit the headlines. This time approximately 700 people on a small boat have died within 80 miles of the Libyan shore, and what has Libya done about it, well, the answer is once again; Very little! 

Asylum Seekers Make The Crossing 2014

Asylum Seekers Make The Crossing 2014

Lampedusa is a small Italian island 180 miles from the Libyan coast while the closest the Italian mainland comes to Libya is 260 miles, so you have to ask who has the major role in stopping and/or rescuing these people? It should be Libya, but as usual it is mostly left to the Italians to find and rescue those that could be rescued, and to search for the bodies of the missing.

It forces the question, why is Libya not taking a leading role in this dilemma, after all it is in their territorial waters? From their half-hearted interest one would think they are happy that these people are leaving their shores, no matter what the perils. It would seem they have little regard for the lives of refugees.

Sinking

Sinking

In all the stories I have read and seen on the TV News, I have seldom heard of a Libyan boat helping these people when they are in trouble. The Libyan government is doing nothing to stop them from taking this huge gamble, and certainly doing nothing to stop the people traffickers who are operating on their soil.

I for one fail to understand how people as destitute as these refugees can come up with $1,000 to pay the traffickers for the trip. Surely that amount of money would go a long way in their own country. How do they come by it? Admittedly, some are fleeing the violence and are not necessarily poor, but many are.

The Refugee Crisis

The Refugee Crisis

You have to ask why they all want to come to Europe, but really the answer is quite simple. Here they are always allowed in. After a short stay in a refugee camp they are released and receive a home, money to live on, and for the most part, free medical care. So why would they not want to come to Europe? You can cry pity for these poor people as much as you like, but some time it has to stop.

Before I go further, let me state clearly that I can understand the hardships these people have to live under, especially when they are fleeing the violence meted out indiscriminately by Muslim terrorists like Islamic State and al Shebab. But surely they would be better off heading for another Arab land like Bahrain or Saudi Arabia for example. But no, they all want to come to Europe, the land of milk and honey.

Demonstration In Favour Of Refugees

Demonstration In Favour Of Refugees

The Italian government wanted to cut back on the sea patrols to dissuade the migrants from trying to cross, but what happened, storms of protest from other E.U. nations and human rights organizations about the inhumanity of leaving these people to die. What is remarkable however, is that these protests were not accompanied by offers of help, and none of it was directed at the Libyan government! Italy has been left holding the bag and resources are being strained to the limit.

Many European nations have made no effort whatsoever to take in refugees once they land on European shores. Most head for western nations like France, the U.K., Germany and Holland among others. Few are taken in by east European lands by comparison.

If Europe is to continue its humanitarian help to these people then the load has to start being shared by all nations. While it may be up to Italy to provide the help, all other nations should at least bear part of the cost, and Brussels must recognize this quickly.

Time For Action Not More Words

Time For Action Not More Words

But the biggest problem is how to stop the flow of migrants heading for our shores. In my view all the nations of the world need to work together to firstly wipe out the terrorist threat in these countries, and then improve living conditions for the people.

I can already hear you thinking, that is a tall order, but impossible, no!

When the threat of communism struck South Korea in the 1950’s, world powers came together and drove back the North Korean Army when it invaded the south. That was the only time in history that the U.N. fulfilled its role as it was intended to be. Aggression by one nation on another would be met by the unparalleled might of all other nations. Since that time the U.N. has become nothing more than a talking shop resorting to ‘Condemning’ verbally any act of aggression.

The War Is Over!

The War Is Over!

The Korean War was a hard and bloody battle, but democracy won in the end, so who is to say that all nations cannot come together to defeat the Muslim terrorist threat across the world? All it needs is the will, and for the United Nations to get off its fat duff and do something positive for a change.

Think what you may about the Muslim insurrection but it is spreading bit by bit, one country to another, and soon it may be on our doorstep if we ignore it. It is said by experts that if Islamic State manage to take over the North African countries, which they are trying to do, then Europe will be next. Who is to say this is impossible, for we already have in excess of 56 million Muslims living among us, and many show their radical leanings on a daily basis.

All In The Name Of Allah The Peaceful God

All In The Name Of Allah The Peaceful God

Once the terrorist threat is dealt with, the next thing is to improve the living conditions of those enduring difficult circumstances. Again this is work for the United Nations, but why shouldn’t they do something to earn the fat salaries they get?

For countries like Africa the biggest challenge is the effects of global warming which is slowly turning the entire continent into one huge desert. Year on year the Sahara is extending southwards. but the solution is already known.

Environmentalists have for years said that the way to stop the encroachment of the Sahara is to plant a forest of trees across its current limits to bring back the rain.

Saving Africa

Saving Africa – The Tree Line

Impossible I hear you say, but why? There are trees enough in the world to supply the necessary seeds and saplings for planting, and we cannot say we do not have the manpower. The rich countries of the world can also supply water to barren areas of Africa and other places because we have the technology, and the means.

Water Flows Under The Sahara - All We Have To Do Is Reach It

Water Flows Under The Sahara – All We Have To Do Is Reach It

If a united effort were to be made by all countries to supply the necessary equipment and expertise it could be done. Man never knows what he is capable of until he tries! All it takes is the united will of the people and the governments.

By making the homeland of these migrants liveable we can stop this endless flow of refugees to our shores and improve the lives of millions. Worth the effort I would say.

Earth After Man

Earth After Man

I guess that many readers are currently scoffing at these outrageous suggestions, but mankind is under serious threat right now and unless we take positive action soon it will be too late. There is hope for mankind if we all stop thinking of ourselves and share what we have with those less fortunate.

Roy.

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