Awkward Questions for Clinton
The big story in all my news alerts this morning is awful enough -- that hundreds of Libyan refugees are feared dead in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean. This is from the New York Times writeup:
Europe has been grappling with an influx of thousands of illegal migrants from Africa and the Middle East fleeing poverty and war, often traveling in rickety boats operated by smugglers. Many of the boats capsize.
Foreign ministers from the European Union’s 28 member states, joined by interior ministers, are expected to discuss how to avert such disasters in the future, including how to deal with conflict-ridden Libya, which has become a major gateway for smugglers ferrying illegal migrants to Europe.
I'd quibble with the use of the word "migrants." Aren't these people in fact refugees of the violence in Libya? And why is Libya a failed state from which tens of thousands of refugees are fleeing? Could it be the result of the actions of a former secretary of State who is now the presumed presidential candidate of a major political party?
For NYT reporter Dan Bilefsky, these questions aren't even worth asking, much less answering. Although he did conclude with a dire warning:
This latest episode came as far-right parties across Europe have gained in strength, in part by exploiting the simmering resentment of immigrants in some quarters. It remains to be seen whether the extent of the episode will help foster sympathy toward migrants.
You just knew the far-right must somehow be to blame, didn't you?