“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Who Is Responsible For The Libyan Migrant Crisis? FUKUS

UKIP leader Nigel Farage says David Cameron's involvement in the toppling of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 is a direct cause of the migration disasters in the Mediterranean. Is he correct?
In a BBC interview, Mr Farage blamed the "fanaticism of (former French President) Sarkozy and Cameron to bomb Libya", for destabilising the country. 
The coalition against the Gaddafi regime brought together a range of world powers. On 17 March 2011 - after the Gaddafi regime's brutal crackdown on protesters inspired by the Arab Spring - the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 authorising "all necessary measures" to protect civilians in Libya. It was swiftly followed by the Nato-led military intervention that was backed by many European states, the US and Arab countries. And in the UK, there was all-party support for the UN action, with Parliament voting 557 to 13 in favour. So although as prime minister, David Cameron led the UK into the coalition and was happy to join President Sarkozy in a victory lap through Libya, it would be unfair to say he was wholly responsible for the events that lead to Gaddafi's fall. 
However, the international community's failure to maintain a commitment to Libya after the removal of Colonel Gaddafi has undoubtedly been a factor in the continuing destabilisation of the country. Currently, two parallel governments lay claim to rule Libya, and the country is overrun with rival militias exploiting the political vacuum. In this environment, migrants have been able to move freely, and the human traffickers operate with impunity. Libya is a key port of entry and departure as it has 1,200 miles (1,900km) of Mediterranean coastline and land borders shared with six countries. 
In the final years of the Gaddafi regime, several agreements were signed with European Union states to control migration from Libyan shores, all of which lapsed after the regime collapsed. Before 2011, migration to Europe across the Mediterranean was in the low tens of thousands. In 2011, it increased to 63,017 and by 2014 there were 219,000 reported to have made the crossing.
In November 2013, Italy started a search-and-rescue operation in the Mediterranean in response to the drowning of more than 300 migrants off the Italian island of Lampedusa. The mission was mainly paid for by Italy. Italy stopped the mission in November 2014 and the EU decided to replace it with a much smaller mission, which is a border control mission not a search-and-rescue operation. Following the change, there has been an increase in migrant deaths at sea. Following this week's tragedy the prime minster has pledged to support EU efforts to step up search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean.
While the upsurge in migrants choosing to leave Libyan shores is driven by the anarchic situation in the country, a look at who is taking to the boats tells us a wider story about the people on the move. The migrants are not just from Libya, but from across the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and the Asian sub-continent, with a multitude of reasons to leave such as war, poverty or simply the search for a better life. All of which suggests that the perfect storm in the Mediterranean is hard to lay at the feet of one politician in Northern Europe.


  1. By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) –

    Since the beginning of the Saudi air campaign against the Houthi movement in Yemen on March 26 until April 22, these are the UN statistics on its human cost:

    - 500 civilians killed since March 26
    - 150 children killed
    - 1,185 non-combatant civilians injured
    - 150,000 have fled their homes-23 hospitals were attacked in course of Saudi bombing campaign
    - 30 schools were damaged or occupied by parties to the war

    Another one of our famous allies.

  2. Replies
    1. Deuce you lectured us that the reason and fault of the Holocaust was the Jews for not taking up arms against the Nazis.

      So by that standard?

      The Libyans fault.

      It's the Palestinians own fault for being refugees.

      It's the Irish's, the Mexicans, the Jews (again) for being refugees...

      Their own dam fault

    2. The Jews didn't have any arms to take up against the Nazis.

      In Warsaw they went down fighting but that was an entirely different situation.

    3. Jack, when you can't add anything of value you post nonsense?


    4. But seriously Jack, the good news? I have a BULLET for your head when you try to murder me....

    5. This is ONE Jew that will SHOOT the Nazis of tomorrow dead if they attack...

      And Jack?

      You are a nazi.

  3. Last thread, Rufus began shifting the goal posts.

    Poor old devil, shifting goal posts.

    Har har

    I KNEW he would !!!!

    A sad poor old devil and goal post shifter.......


    1. Don't get too down on yourself, Rufus.

      After all, a thousand dollars doesn't show up in the mailbox just every.

      And, you're only human, after all.

      Rufus GPS (goal post shifter)

      Ha ha ha


    2. ISIS street Fight in Ramadi, Iraq - March 2015

      Found on You Tube

      Bang bang bang

    3. You can at least buy my Niece a new bike, Rufus.

      After she might find a cure for what ails you one of these days.

    4. Here's more - it's all over the place.....

      ISIS gunfight footage RAW: Iraqi troops in battle for Ramadi

  4. THE DOCTORS are lining up against Dr. Oz.

    More that a thousand of them have now signed the petition urging Dr. Oz to turn in his medical license.

    They all say he is a quack.

    My wife won't hear of it.

    She thinks he's cute.

    1. It's time for Rufus to turn in his 'military affairs prediction license' too.

    2. Which Doctors, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson?

      What are their names, where are they licensed?

    3. I mean really, when even Ash can do better...........

    4. Who organized the petition drive?

    5. Jack "Dead Beat Dad" Hawkins, a question, how do you live with yourself? You never paid child support and abandoned your wife and baby...

      What a savage you are..

  5. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson predicted that the Islamic State would take Kobane - no one has been more wrong than that.

    1. Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson told us that the Kurds could not defend themselves against the Islamic State.
      That if US troops were not dispatched to defend the Kurds, those Muslim clit clippers would lose to the Islamic State.
      That US air support would not be enough to turn the tide of battle.

      No one has been more wrong.

    2. Jack Ass Dead Beat Dad War Criminal Hawkins is a makin' shit up agin.

      He does this a lot.

      DBD as he is known, has told us all that Iraq will be ISIS free 30 days from now, by Memorial Day 2015,


      A liar a scoundrel and a dead beat dad all wrapped into one glorious package.

      Well, it's entertaining but I got to write some e-mails.

      Cheers !!

    3. bob Thu May 27, 12:52:00 AM EDT

      But I did rip off the bank for $7500 hundred dollars, when I was on my knees, and fighting for my economic life, on my aunt's credit card. But that wasn't really stealing, just payback. …

      Just like a meth head, Robert "Draft Dodger" Peterson, tries to justify his crime by saying that the loot was owed him, by the people or institution he ripped off.

    4. When Jack "The Molester" Hawkins has nothing to say?

      He BULLIES Bob...

    5. Poor little Jack "Professional Asshole" Hawkins gets frustrated......

  6. Just recently some of the wonderful noble Moslem migrants pushed some fellow migrants - Christian migrants - off the ship in which they were all traveling and into the Mediterranean Sea.

    1. 10 or 12 Christian migrants pushed into the Mediterranean Sea by the noble Moslem migrants.

      Food for thought and food for the fish here too.

  7. Hillary is responsible.

    The Wages of Hillary’s War
    April 23, 2015 by Ben Shapiro
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    libya-isisHeadless bodies lie in the sand. Above those corpses stand the black-clad minions of ISIS, outlined against the coastline of Libya. This is the second video in three months depicting Islamic terrorists cutting the heads off of Christian captives.

    Bodies float in the Mediterranean Sea, face down. Twelve Christian bodies, thrown from a rubber boat by 15 Muslims. Their launch point: Libya.

    Approximately 700 more bodies float face down in the Mediterranean, victims of a smuggling operation gone wrong when their rickety craft sunk as it made its way to Italy. Its source location: Libya.

    Four American bodies in Benghazi, Libya.

    These are the wages of Hillary Clinton’s war.

    In June 2006, as then-Senator Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., prepared a run for president, she stated that President George W. Bush had “rushed to war” in Iraq. A few months later, Hillary spoke of her opposition to Bush’s surge in Iraq, stating that it was a “losing strategy.” Iraq, a war for which Hillary voted, had been conducted on the back of flawed intelligence estimates and without a clear plan.

    Five years later, Secretary of State Clinton rushed to war, allegedly manufacturing evidence to do so, and with no plan whatsoever for victory. According to The Washington Times, Clinton “was the moving force inside the Obama administration to encourage US military intervention to unseat [dictator Moammar Gadhafi] in Libya.” Clinton claimed that if the West did not intervene in Libya, Gadhafi would pursue a genocide against his enemies; in March 2011, she imagined a scenario in which “Benghazi had been overrun, a city of 700,000 people, and tens of thousands of people had been slaughtered, hundreds of thousands had fled. …” That genocide never materialized, nor did the best intelligence estimates support that argument.

    1. Not only that: Hillary also ignored all available evidence suggesting that the Libyan opposition was honeycombed with terrorists.

      She ignored Admiral James Stavridis, NATO Supreme Commander for Europe, who admitted “flickers in the intelligence of potential al Qaeda, Hezbollah.” Al-Qaida backed the Libyan uprising. There was a reason that neither Hillary nor President Obama risked going to Congress for approval of the Libyan adventure: they would have been rejected.

      Nonetheless, in October 2011, Hillary arrived in Tripoli to declare victory, stating that she was “proud to stand here on the soil of a free Libya.” When Gadhafi was sodomized with a knife and killed two days later, she laughed uproariously on camera: “We came, we saw, he died!”

      Gadhafi wasn’t the only person who died. Hillary’s war ended with terrorist chaos in Libya: a full-scale terror takeover of regions of the country including Benghazi, the exile of the legitimate government, a massive refugee crisis growing day-by-day amidst the upheaval. That refugee crisis has grown significantly worse since Hillary’s war. As, a leftist outlet, points out, 1,600 migrants “have drowned in the Mediterranean this year.” Why? Again, according to, when Moammar Gadhafi “ruled Libya, his government had an agreement with Italy to try to intercept and turn back ships leaving for Europe. … And in the utter chaos that’s engulfed Libya over the past few years, there’s no government entity really capable of patrolling the Mediterranean.”

      Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy has promoted chaos around the world. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in her signal foreign policy legacy, the collapsed state of Libya.

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