“It is unsustainable and unacceptable to have a policy of drowning refugees when we should be attacking the smugglers." . . . “There may also be a case for using special forces of interdiction to destroy the boats before they leave port.”
As was reported in a recent Internet article dated 2015:
"Lord Ashdown: destroy migrant smugglers' boats before they leave port"
"Former Lib Dem leader claims there is a case for using special forces to destroy migrant vessels before they leave port"
"Lord Ashdown has called for a fresh strategy to target networks of people smugglers in north Africa, including the possible use of armed force to destroy boats before they can ferry desperate migrants across the Mediterranean."
Lord Ashdown having seen military service in his younger years, as a Royal Marine!!
Greatly reduce the smuggling of human being across the Mediterranean with direct military action. Do not wait for the smuggler ships to leave port and then intercept them. Destroy the vessels while docked at port!!
As it was over three-hundred and fifty years ago so should it be now? That is the question? There is precedent!!
From a BBC History magazine article: "When Britons were slaves in Africa" by Professor Adam Nichols.
"In 1665, a British naval force set fire to the corsair fleet in the harbor at Tunis and then attacked Algiers and liberated British captives there. In 1671, a British force burned the Algerian fleet anchored at Bougie, and in 1676 another destroyed the corsair fleet in the harbor at Tripoli."
HIT EM' WHERE THEY LIVE! SMUGGLING SHIPS OF THE MODERN DAY BARBARY PIRATES SENT TO THE BOTTOM WHILE DOCKED AND IN PORT. THAT WILL STOP THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING?
Anyone else got a better idea?