V4 Report: Italy warns of ‘Real risk’ of Islamic State fighters on migrant boats.
The V4 Report believes its useless to “warn” without action to deter. Unfortunately, this is the reality today in Western Europe. The “rescues” continue.
Mediterranean migrant boats headed for Europe could be carrying fugitive Islamic State fighters, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano has asserted.
Amazingly, the EU seems willing to tolerate this in order to continue their migrant “transfers” to Europe. Frontex spokeswoman, Izabella Cooper, said no rescued migrants would be taken [back] to transit non-EU nations such as Tunisia and Libya, but instead to the “nearest place of safety” in accordance with international maritime law. This means Europe!
The recent military evictions of the Islamic State militia – in the likes of Syria – presented an “absolute and real risk” of jihadi fighters trying to slip into Europe, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano told a conference on migration and security in Rome Tuesday.
Italy coordinates the vast majority of sea rescues between northern African and its southern coast, including islands such as Lampedusa. Will the leaders of Italy now warn Italians to use caution as some terrorists may be “rescued” along with economic migrants? How comforting is that?
However, it gets better. On Monday, former prime minister and Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi blamed part of the problem on former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose center-right opposition alliance is polling strongly.
“If in Italy migrants are arriving, it’s because someone made war with Libya, and the premier was Berlusconi,” Renzi said, referring to NATO’s 2011 air strike campaign against the late Moammar Gadhafi regime.
On Sunday, Berlusconi claimed Italy had been left with a “social bomb ready to explode” by center-left Democratic Party governments, once led by Renzi.
We happen to agree with Renzi that the neocon war in Libya was an absolute disaster (disaster defines the legacy of neocons). Nevertheless, Renzi not only surrendered the border to aggressive and unchecked migrants, but waved them through to others in Europe. We are no fans of Berlusconi, but find it typical that Renzi would shamelessly deflect all blame from himself.
Under an Italy-led deal to assist Libya’s coast guard – with the assistance of the V4 – arrivals in Italy dropped 26% last year (although it is starting-up again).
Instead, pressure has shifted west to Algeria and Morocco as migrants, still intent on reaching Europe, head for Spain, some via its African outposts of Ceuta and Melilla.
More than 26,300 migrants reached Spain last year, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). We wonder where these migrants are roaming now?
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The transfers continue in Italy, despite the real concerns of jihadists onboard. Its called “EU Insanity”.
One question: Did they ever ponder sealing the border and pulling the migrants back to Africa? This would not only protect Europeans, but would also deter the migrants from traveling to Libya in the first place.