In this article I am going to ask a couple of questions for consideration.
I will also state that this has nothing to do with race.
The Mediterranean crisis seems to have no end. People are needlessly dying fleeing the atrocities of internal wars and religious indifference and this cannot be ignored.
By and large it is not being ignored but not enough is being done. The EU are fully aware of the situation.
I will point out that I am fully sympathetic to their plight, wants and possible needs, but it is with some reservation.
With the alarming rise of Isis and the threat it poses on the population, not to mention the genocide of some of Africas leaders and one of the biggest motivators poverty.
Is it any wonder they want to leave their homes and try make the journey across to Italy? Or anywhere else for that matter.
I will at this point state "Some would sooner do this through legal routes".
The media describe these refugees as poor and destitute. Even with the poverty many suffer in Africa.
Where do they get this kind of money to pay the smugglers?
The cost of such a trip through the multitude of human traffickers waiting to cash in can run into $ thousands.
The cost to the west however could be far greater.
Isis has stated they will send thousands of Jihadi fighters to Europe through these routes, If they (Isis) are attacked, knowing humanitarian efforts to rescue them at sea are in place.
With the reach of Isis becoming a real threat, the question is. What do we do?
There is the option of going in guns blazing and ridding Africa of Isis extremists and trying to return the country to some kind of normality, (If there is such a thing) but there are some who would condemn these actions.
A point to note is Islam was introduced into Africa and was widely accepted over time, and is constantly being reshaped by prevalent social, economic and political conditions.
That is of course until Isis came along with its own idea of how Islam should be practiced. Through their version / interpretation of the Sharia. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have become notorious for executions by stoning and crucifixion. Sharia explained.
I on the other hand offer a simpler solution which is both humanitarian and reduces the cost of human life.
Africa is a massive land mass. Much of it uninhabited. We spend millions on humanitarian aid, as well as economic aid, much of which is lost in transit. Shall we say once given to militant organisations and political leaders who quite frankly keep it for themselves.
With a little planning it would be possible, with the help of the migrants themselves to build, maintain and defend an area big enough to sustain themselves and help the Libyans to regain their country from the clutches of Isis. And on the way, offer sanctuary or safe haven for others.
A perfect example of the place where this could be possible is south of Brega.
Brega, also known as Mersa Brega or Marsa al-Brega, is a complex of several smaller towns, industry installations and education establishments situated in Libya on the Gulf of Sidra, the most southerly point of the Mediterranean Sea.
By investing in creating a safe zone, or even multiple zones of a couple of square miles or so, walled if need be, on a larger scale to the military bases in Afghanistan with military patrols and presence of libyan and UN forces and the migrants themselves. It would be much easier to tow the boats to the safe zone on the coast and transport them to their new home.
As the area would need infrastructure, Housing, transport links, schools, desalination and farming to name a few, and with the help of the UN, EU, UK and other world organisation and governments,paid forwith oilrevenue sales the safety and security of thousands of people could be achieved. In return, the people are trained in the trades, social domestic and militarily to make this possible.
A wage per say can be paid in time to workers, crops can be harvested and so on until such a time as they will become self sufficient and contributing to the economy of Libya and able to defend themselves. In the short term they would be fed, housed and defended.
There is also an added incentive.
The financial impact on the countries assisting in the rescue of these people is quite frankly a huge undertaking. This does not take into account the social and economic impact that mass migration of so many people into Europe and its member states whose infrastructure is already at breaking point will have if we stand idly by and allow it to continue.
It would be far more cost effective to create safe zones, protected from militant extremists, where they can survive and prosper in their own country.
Thereby lessening the impact mass migrations has on other countries.
The human cost is negligible, militant extremists would be martyred; some front line soldiers may lose their lives clearing the area. Some even defending the zone, but far fewer than the overall cost compared to an all out war "guns blazing" and the pointless loss of life at sea.