Two men including the captain of the ship that capsized in the Mediterranean are now in custody because of their inept performance in steering a ship to disaster. It is now estimated that at least 700 human beings died as a result of this horror. The sad aspect of this tragedy is we know either this week or next week or next month another ship will sink with hundreds on board because the European Union has sen unable to devise a plan to handle refugees fleeing from the horrors of modern northern Africa. Either it is Boko Haram, ISIS, their own incompetent and corrupt government, their own army, the conflict between Christians and Muslim, or God knows what else but living in northern regions of Africa is not the place to be. Add in climate change and one has a recipe for disaster. We are witnessing the follies of mankind coming to fruition. For millions it is either die on the way to Europe of die by remaining at home. In many aspects this modern tragedy is similar to the departure of millions from eastern and southern Europe during the period from 1880 to 1925. People faced with starvation head elsewhere, it is among the oldest acts of humans. Heck, our ancestors fled from Africa in order to spread around the world.
The European Union needs a policy. We suggest:
1. Each EU country should be assigned Z number of refugees.
2. A massive economic plan must be initiated in northern Africa to provide work and a decent standard of living. Do that and they will remain.
3. The EU must work with the African Union to create a modern African Union armed force if Boko Haram and Libya is to become safe areas.