Andrea Canino, chair of the Economic Cooperation Council of the European Union came out in support for President Sarkozy’s recent proposal to create a Mediterranean Union which would include Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, and Libya. He believes such a union would stabilize a region that has been destabilized by the chaotic war in Iraq. He is also concerned about the potential for Iran to attempt imposing its will on the region. He says there is need to create a “zone of prosperity and stability in the region.”
The European Union is caught in a twofold dilemma. One is created by America’s fiasco in Iraq which has unleashed the forces of al-Qaeda plus dozens of other similar terrorist groups. Terrorists have long been present in Algeria, but after that area was quieted, terrorism is again being pushed by groups who are currently based in Iraq or Afghanistan. The other problem confronting the EU is continued mass migration of people out of Africa. Although nations like France may condemn these migrants the reality is that a falling birthrate in Europe means outside labor is needed. France alone will require at least 5 million immigrants over the coming thirty years.
How can one make George Bush comprehend that his invasion of Iraq has unleashed the forces of terrorism, not controlled them. The problem is that as terrorists gain victories in Iraq it encourages them to spread elsewhere in the region. Will the creation of a Mediterranean Union provide stability for the area? Who knows, but it may well be one solution to an increasingly vexing problem.
Le Figaro, June 5, 2007 “We Are Ready to Create a Mediterranean Union”