"commend President Joseph Kabila for chartering those two flights in early March to evacuate 400 Congolese stuck at Tripoli Airport and saving them from these blood-thirsty racists. That’s called proactive leadership. And shame to the other African leaders who didn’t do the same."However, the Dutch foreign affairs minister Uri Rosenthal went one step further when he said in march:
“Let’s get Dutch citizens out of Libya safely and make sure no more immigrants reach Europe.”This statement:
- illustrates the hypocrisy of European politicians that pander to populists as denounced last month by Polish prime-minister Donald Tusk.
- ignores the facts, as Hein de Haas demonstrates with data: Europe shares/shared a tiny refugees burden from Libya
- lack of policy coherence concerning migrant workers
- ignores crimes by the Libyan rebels against sub-saharan migrant workers
The EU has often been accused of lacking a coherent foreign policy. The European approach to the Libya crisis demonstrated this weakness once again.
Rather then the propaganda side of things, I am convinced the lack of European policy coherence concering Libya will become the dominating narrative in coming months. Tarak Barkawi's thinking in his article "Libya and the invention of Brown Britain" signals this shift:
"what if Britain began to think of itself as an authentically post-colonial state? What if it fostered an identity that encompassed both sides of the imperial experience, the coloniser and the colonised? All of a sudden, those who have been so excluded from British life, immigrants from former colonies, would be propelled to the centre. They would be equal participants in "Brown Britain" with a humbled ruling class once again open to the influences of the East, willing to mix with native society."It's just a matter of time for migrant workers to take their proper place on the agenda of European policy makers. Proactive leadership would anticipate this inevitable development. In the spirit of Martin Luther King I would say:
"now is the time"