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    It's important for us all to remember what sparked the refugee crisis in the first place, that is, the collapse of strong government in Libya and the deleterious effect that had on the natural flows of people around the Mediterranean area. It is the great, creaking, leaking backdoor of the Middle East, allowing thousands upon thousands of people from an alien culture to invade Europe, with the acquiescence of our pathologically humanitarian political class.

    Western governments have foolishly put their faith in the Libyan people, thinking that a country unaccustomed to Western-style liberal democracy and saddled with a culture steeped in tribalism, warlordism, blood feuds and the morality of the desert would be fit for any kind of civilised system of government.

    We can, of course, continue to delude ourselves, and by a process of malicious chicanery convince ourselves that pouring billions and billions of dollars into armed militias who are not competent enough to expel the gangsters of Islamic State from their shores will contribute to a process of nation-building. This self-deception saw the nation-building projects in both Iraq and Afghanistan fall through.

    History tells us that nation-building requires an almost dictatorial presence on the part of the occupying power, as MacArthur's exploits in Japan will tell us. Therefore, in order to get Libya in order, it does not strike me as folly if a multinational force of European nations got together, invaded Libya and temporarily occupied the place. No less than the RAND Corporation advised that after the overthrow of Gaddafi's regime 13,000 troops should have been left to help with rebuilding. It should not be too onerous a task, if it wasn't for pesky left-wing media outlets badmouthing any type of military action whatsoever. Which is why a good deal of censorship might be in order - the prospect of migrant boats being blown up and a North African country recolonised by force will not look good on our TV screens, and will demoralise and shock millions of citizens.

    Sadly, no one in Europe today has the will to do such a thing.
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    (Original post by Cato the Elder)
    It's important for us all to remember what sparked the refugee crisis in the first place, that is, the collapse of strong government in Libya and the deleterious effect that had on the natural flows of people around the Mediterranean area. It is the great, creaking, leaking backdoor of the Middle East, allowing thousands upon thousands of people from an alien culture to invade Europe, with the acquiescence of our pathologically humanitarian political class.

    Western governments have foolishly put their faith in the Libyan people, thinking that a country unaccustomed to Western-style liberal democracy and saddled with a culture steeped in tribalism, warlordism, blood feuds and the morality of the desert would be fit for any kind of civilised system of government.

    We can, of course, continue to delude ourselves, and by a process of malicious chicanery convince ourselves that pouring billions and billions of dollars into armed militias who are not competent enough to expel the gangsters of Islamic State from their shores will contribute to a process of nation-building. This self-deception saw the nation-building projects in both Iraq and Afghanistan fall through.

    History tells us that nation-building requires an almost dictatorial presence on the part of the occupying power, as MacArthur's exploits in Japan will tell us. Therefore, in order to get Libya in order, it does not strike me as folly if a multinational force of European nations got together, invaded Libya and temporarily occupied the place. No less than the RAND Corporation advised that after the overthrow of Gaddafi's regime 13,000 troops should have been left to help with rebuilding. It should not be too onerous a task, if it wasn't for pesky left-wing media outlets badmouthing any type of military action whatsoever. Which is why a good deal of censorship might be in order - the prospect of migrant boats being blown up and a North African country recolonised by force will not look good on our TV screens, and will demoralise and shock millions of citizens.

    Sadly, no one in Europe today has the will to do such a thing.
    Western 'boots on the ground' is precisely what the Islamists require to fill their ranks with new recruits to fight the 'crusaders'.

    If the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq have taught us anything it is that interventions are incredibly easy to begin; the difficulty lies in accomplishing effective state-building during the aftermath of the initial military victory on the battlefield, especially in countries as rural and tribal as Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Where, as we have seen, Western policy has been completely and utterly clueless, and has brought considerably more chaos and destruction to countries it was supposed to be 'liberating'.

    Do you expect the militias to simply hand in their weapons and submit to the new plan the West has for their country? How long before more refugees are fleeing the country? How long before moderate Libyans turn to extremist Islamic groups because their family/friends were killed by a Western missile that missed its target? And, ultimately, how long before Western troops are blown into flying pieces of mincemeat by IEDS and/or suicide bombers?

    The only solution to Libya is to let the dust settle.
 
 
 
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