In recent days, the tragedy of mass drownings has returned, as the Libyan coast guard wages a naval battle to snatch desperate people away from the NGO rescue ships, which nowadays are all too few. All of this after a smear campaign of judicial investigations, intelligence operations and shameful journalistic hit pieces was unleashed against the NGOs all through the summer.
The perpetrators of that campaign are committed to supporting the government in its attempt to shut out the migrants. It would be terrible for them to die at sea, but who cares if they die in the deserts or in Libyan prisons? And the “Italian-style colonialism,” the so-called Minniti Code, garnered the praise, at the end of August, of the four most weighty countries of the European Union: Germany, France, Spain and Italy, with much pushing by Mogherini, the E.U. High Representative for Foreign Affairs.
It cannot be said that E.U. has “done nothing” to reduce abuses — rather, it has done nothing less than authorize them. They did all of this in support of Italy, because for their part they were unable to come up with another solution with a fair distribution of refugee arrivals. And all with a particular obstinacy, with an eye to coming elections, trying to demonstrate to the public of their respective countries, at any cost, their common intention to keep as far away from the European and Western conscience as possible the defining phenomenon of our era: the migration of refugees from war, persecution and misery. In that E.U. summit, there was even more treachery on display: Angela Merkel reiterated the ill-minded distinction regarding so-called “economic migrants,” denying them and relegating them to a double hell.
And Mogherini, our HR/VP, explained that it was not necessary to promise a Marshall Plan for Africa, as we are “already spending €20 billion in development assistance, in cooperation, in trade partnerships…” Yes, we’re doing so much for a rich continent like Africa, where we are engaged in the arms trade and in so many wars, and from which we steal oil, minerals and land every day.