‘Migrant Crisis Is a Security Crisis’ Says EU Foreign Policy Chief

Philip Sherwell and Nick Squires, Telegraph, May 11, 2015

Europe’s foreign policy chief has urged the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution being drafted by British diplomats authorising a raft of EU measures, including military action, to defeat Libyan-based people smuggling gangs.

Federica Mogherini pleaded with the world body to support European efforts to combat the human trafficking cartels as she spelt out the harrowing humanitarian impact of the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

Ms Mogherini also said that the EU would adopt a new accord on migration in Brussels on Wednesday. “No refugees or migrants intercepted at sea will be sent back against their will,” she said.

Under the accord, Britain is expected to be forced to take in tens of thousands of refugees to redistribute migrants across Europe. The controversial quota system could double the number of asylum-seekers in Britain from about 30,000 to more than 60,000.

France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve on Monday said his country supported the plan.

European members of the Security Council, including British officials, are drafting a resolution that would allow European forces, including the Royal Navy, to conduct operations against the gangs and destroy empty boats in international waters and also in Libya’s territorial waters.

A vote may be held next week if Russian objections can be overcome.

Drone strikes and air bombing raids against the gangs’ sites on Libyan soil have also been discussed, but Western diplomats involved in the talks insisted that there was no question of a ground force. “There will be no boots on the ground,” said one official.

The risks involved in military action in the conflict-plagued country were immediately clear as representatives of its rival governments criticised the plans, with one leader warning that they would be an “act of war”.

Libya’s ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi, told the BBC that his country was against the proposal. “We want to know how they can distinguish between the fishers’ boats and the traffickers’ boats,” he said.

In another reminder of the dangers, a Turkish freighter came under artillery and aerial fire from unidentified attackers near the Libyan coast, leaving one crew member dead and several injured, Turkey’s foreign ministry said.

Human smuggling gangs and Islamic terrorist groups have taken advantage of the chaos in Libya since the overthrow of its long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi to establish bases in the country.

Europe’s chief diplomat said the priority was to tackle the root causes of the tide of migrants attempting to reach Europe in the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from North Africa and the Middle East.

“Europe has for once woken up,” said Ms Mogherini. “We need the rest of the world to do their part as well.”

She described the migrant crisis as “not only a humanitarian emergency but also a security crisis since smuggling networks are linked to and finance terrorist activities”.

It is not clear exactly what sort of military action the EU is contemplating. But David Cameron, in the days before the general election, said the aim of any military intervention should be to “smash the gangs” operating in Libya.

Britain has deployed to the Mediterranean the Royal Navy’s flagship, HMS Bulwark, which carries helicopters and Royal Marine commandos, as well as two patrol vessels.

Some 60,000 people have already tried to cross the Mediterranean this year, according to the UN estimates, while at least 1,800 people are feared to have drowned so far this year, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.

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  • With the African population exploding, this isn’t going to get any better any time soon by its lonesome.

    • Jason Lewis

      It wouldnt be exploding without our medicine, food and people digging wells.

  • superlloyd

    Mogherini seems hopelessly confused backing these half baked measures yet allowing seaborne africans to not be turned back at their behest. No immigration at all is the only rational policy.

    • italian guy

      Nah, she knows pretty well what she is doing, think about it: the most obvious course of action is to stop these people before setting sail, there would not be any more deaths in the sea and we wouldn’t have problems with immigrants… the truth is that the EU traitors want these people to reach our countries and we all know they are never going to leave voluntarily.

      • Exuberant Auditor

        So you think there’s absolutely no chance these 30,000 negroes will be sent back?

    • Veritas

      Three things need to be done before it is too late for Europe: 1) Return of 100% of the illegal aliens to their countries of origin 2) Military action against human traffickers, and 3) a coalition naval blockade in the Mediterranean which will turn back all immigrant vessels.

      • newscomments70

        …some of the legal ones as well. It won’t happen at an EU level though. This is an agenda, and it is planned. Only grass roots nationalist movements will have any impact.

  • Easyrhino

    I’m sure a few torpedoed boats would send a message

    • antiquesunlight

      I’ll volunteer to push the button for them if they don’t have the guts. Every ship should be given one very stern warning and a brief opportunity to consider and turn around. If not, badoom.

    • Jason Lewis

      Torpedos are rather expensive. Of course if you called it naval training then it would be justified.

  • superlloyd

    Funny how these idiots are only just waking up to the fact that importing millions of muslims and useless aAfricans might have security implications.

  • JohnEngelman

    Human smuggling gangs and Islamic terrorist groups have taken advantage of the chaos in Libya since the overthrow of its long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi to establish bases in the country.

    – Philip Sherwell and Nick Squires, Telegraph, May 11, 2015

    Contributing to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi was a mistake. We benefit when Arab countries are ruled by unpopular, incompetent dictators who nevertheless have the cunning to stay in power.

    • newscomments70

      When Saddam Hussein was in power, there were much fewer Muslims/rapists in the western countries. (Consequently, we now have a president named “Hussein”) When the Shah of Iran was in power, Southern California was mostly white. Now all I can see is Muslims, as far as the eye can see.

      • Alden

        I just saw three veiled woman around Wilshire and Westwood. I see at least one almost every time I go out.

      • JohnEngelman

        Saddam Hussein did not owe his power to the United States. The Shah of Iran did. The United States made its mistake in Iran in 1953 when the CIA orchestrated the overthrow of the democratically elected government of Iran, and put the Shah in power.

        • newscomments70

          The US did support the Hussein regime to some degree during the Iran-Iraq war. According to wikipedia: “United States support for Iraq during the Iran–Iraq War, against post-revolutionary Iran, included several billion dollars’ worth of economic aid, the sale of dual-use technology, non-U.S. origin weaponry, military intelligence, Special Operations training, and direct involvement in warfare against Iran.

          Support from the U.S. for Iraq was not a secret and was frequently discussed in open session of the Senate and House of Representatives. On June 9, 1992, Ted Koppel reported on ABC’s Nightline that the “Reagan/Bush administrations permitted—and frequently encouraged—the flow of money, agricultural credits, dual-use technology, chemicals, and weapons to Iraq.”

          • JohnEngelman

            The United States did not put Saddam in power like the United States did put the Shah in power after he had been overthrown.

            The United States supported both sides in the Iran – Iraq War. We supported the side that was losing in order to prolong the conflict.

  • dondavy

    Stop feeding the mother f–kers. Nature will clean them out. “Stop having kids you can’t feed.”

  • Epiminondas

    I can’t see Europeans taking military action. Especially in their own behalf.

  • dd121

    I’d like to see military action against the Mexican smugglers, too. Oh wait, that’s Obama and his confederates.

  • IstvanIN

    We have messed up Libya often enough. The EU should keep their troops home where they are needed. The smugglers/migrants boats should be sunk as soon as they enter Italian national waters (after fair warning). That would stop them.

    If they truly wanted to help Libya they would help them negotiate the partition of the nation into three separate emirates and then help them develop secure border controls to prevent the bantus from traversing Libyan territory.

    • Exuberant Auditor

      Any type of country will do. There just needs to be a state the Europeans can bribe into keeping the illegals out of Libya, just like they did with Gaddafi.

      • IstvanIN

        It would probably be better for their to be homogenoius nation-states with a monarch, PM and elected legislature on order to create a stable situation. Libya suffers from more ethnic conflict than people realize. Of course they could have a Swiss type system with each ethnic area being part of a federal system. But the easiest way to go his with homogeneous nations with an indigenous monarch to keep an eye on things with an elected indigenous legislature for the day to day operations.

    • carriewhite64

      I see no problem with labeling the smuggling activities as acts of war.

  • listenupbub

    Now the blacks will be invading like a fking alien Armageddon movie.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Napoleon and Hitler are both thinking….
    Ahhh! it was our uniforms…. too much.

  • Exuberant Auditor

    Remember the old days?

  • John Smith

    Taking action against smugglers is only half the equation; illegals MUST be returned and considering the wishes of third-world foreigners over those of their own citizens ought not to be a concern for any European govt.

  • Eagle1212

    The best way to tackle this illegal problem is to detain and deport all illegals and arrest and jail any employer who knowingly hires them. If they to keep their families together, put them all on the same bus or plane back to Mexico or whatever c**p country they came from.

  • IKUredux

    Blah, blah, blah. Hey look! Your fing pants are onfire, EU. You Benedict Arnolds that run the EU, want to overrun your countries with loser naggers from Africa. Cripes, don’t you think it weird that this crap all started at the same time? HUH! How coincidental.

    I have to wonder why exactly Gaddaffi was killed when he was. Come on, that guy was a pain in the ass for a long time. LOCKERBIE, anyone?

    But, after all these years of being a thorn in the side of the west, he’s offed. (Thanks obama, I’m going to fundamentally change America,{and the rest of the White world} as well.) Now, for the first time in history, all these freakin Africans(all male, all young) are swarming into Europe.Hmmm, odd. All these years, and, now, all of a sudden, all the Africans need to swarm and invade Europe.

    Gosh, come to think of it, all of a sudden, all these Central Americans are swarming into and invading our country. WOW. What a coincidence.

    I don’t believe in coincidences.

    Hey, PTB your noses are as long as a telephone wire.

  • George Moriarty

    Just remember, as recently as last year Australia was able to successfully STOP the boats. All it needed was a bit of political will, some guts to stand up to the UNHCR and our Greens and the use of our navy to detain them and put them into awful off-shore detention and the understanding that they will NEVER be allowed to settle in Australia.

  • Yancy Derringer

    Poor Britain, already buckling under the weight of Third World immigration — 60,000 more.

    • JohnnyMangoes

      Can England even support this kind of immigration? Are there even enough jobs, with the unemployment being what it is?

      Europe is screwed (economically) unless this is corrected.

      • Yancy Derringer

        They’re deeply in debt. Like the US, they put their welfare costs on the credit card. Insanity.

      • Alden

        They mostly don’t work, especially the blacks. The East Asians and Indians don’t exactly work. They run sleazy crooked little businesses that hire only illegals from their own countries who are on lifelong total benefit including job seekers allowance because they are paid in cash however little.

        • Rob

          The Hindoos do the same in the US and also sponsor their own people from green cards.

  • Lexonaut

    If someone invades my home, eats my food and sleeps in my bed, all because they’re too poor to be able to afford these things on their own, why am I obliged to allow my wealth to be transferred to that person against my will?

  • antiquesunlight

    “‘Europe has for once woken up,’ said Ms Mogherini.”

    Alas, not yet. An awakened Europe would not tolerate having hordes of third world aliens crammed into their neighborhoods.

  • carriewhite64

    The level of double-talk and obfuscation in this story is mind boggling. Summary: we know our citizens do not want this level of immigration but we do.

  • Rob

    Send them all to Israel. Babara Spectre will be there to welcome them.

  • Alden

    Many Italians claim the Sicilian and Abruzzi mafia is behind the smuggling. Could be true. The government managed to crack down on many of their activities so they turned to destroying Italy by smuggling Africans.