‘WikiLeaks report sheds light on UK's role in militarizing refugee situation & colonizing Libya'
RT: What do you make of this report? Do you think the EU is actually going to use its army to cope with the migrant flow?
Dan Glazebrook: I think Britain’s role here is important to emphasize. It is important to remember that from autumn 2013 till autumn 2014, Italy ran actually a very successful operation, Operation Mare Nostrum, a search and rescue operation to rescue the refugees who were drowning in the Mediterranean. Britain lobbied successfully for this to be ended, it put pressure on the rest of EU not to support the operation, put pressure on Italy to eventually close it down, which it did.
That was really the beginning of the mass deaths occurring in the Mediterranean, the mass migration preceded this. But the Italian search and rescue operation had been very successful in ensuring that those flows don’t turn into mass numbers drowning. So Britain actually deliberately triggered this scourge of drowning in the Mediterranean, I believe, as an opportunity to create the pretext to then militarize the situation… So, since July - as this report shows - you’ve had this military operation against refugee boats under the guise of a war against people smuggling. And this report is really interesting as well in what it sheds on the recent news from this week about the formation of a unity government in Libya, that was actually one of the reasons for the unity government that the EU has been pressing for; was precisely to lend a fig leave of legitimacy for increased EU military operations against Libya. So, this also has to be seen in the context of the ongoing colonial operations against Libya.
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