Originally posted by whodey
Some 30,000 refugees are risking life and limb to escape the carnage in Libya by taking to the open seas to reach places like Italy.
Funny, I don't remember this happening when Qaddafi was in power.
What responsibility, if any, should Obama and the UN assume here for this humanitarian crisis?
Perhaps a few caveats in your implication/story:
- It did in fact happen when Gaddafi was in power;
- Most of the refugees are, in fact, not Libyan, but mainly from places like Syria, Somalia and Eritrea;
- Many refugees instead opt from a route originating not in Libya but in Tunisia, one of the richest and most stable nations in Africa - the reason Libya (or Tunisia) is chosen as a departure station for the maritime route is its proximity to EU territories, in particular the isles of Lampedusa and Malta. Other popular destinations are Spain and Greece;
- The military mission that contributed to Gaddafi's fall was neither an "Obama [administration]" nor a "UN" mission but a NATO mission where e.g. France played a major role.