UN scolds Europe over ‘migrant’ deaths in the Mediterranean; EU says it will act on ‘ghost ships’

Blue Sky M arrived at the southern Italian port of Gallipoli, Italy, on New Years Eve. From: Misery and squalor aboard the ghost ships form hell

GENEVA, JANUARY 5 – Triton is not enough, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, who has denounced the “unacceptable tragedy” of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean of migrants fleeing violence and poverty.

In an interview published on Monday by Swiss daily Le Temps, Guterres says he sees as an “imperative developing sweeping operations like Mare Nostrum to avoid new human tragedies” and reflect on “new legal ways’ enabling to “bar the way to traffickers” and their “odious trade.” The UN refugee agency chief also said that “European countries cannot ignore these tragedies.”

With almost 3,500 dead in 2014 alone, according to the latest UNHCR data, “the Mediterranean crossing is the most lethal and the one with the widest media coverage,” recalled Guterres. A drama within the drama, according to the commissioner, is represented by the fact that, in 2013 and 2014, most of the people attempting to reach Europe were “fleeing persecutions – from Syria and Eritrea in particular,” he stressed…

Meanwhile, a short item at The New York Times says very little about how this problem might be addressed: BRUSSELS — The European Union is promising to act quickly in response to new tactics of smugglers bringing migrants across the Mediterranean to Europe packed aboard huge, decaying cargo ships.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said Monday that “we have to act and we shall act swiftly”…

Schinas said that even though Frontex vessels were involved in last week’s rescue efforts the EU could be doing more. He said that would require EU countries to provide “more means, more instruments, more money.”

The Eurocrats are in trouble — people’s tolerance for more immigration is at the breaking point. Either they give up their ridiculous ambitions or they will have to become much more forceful in dealing with disgruntled citizen.  My money is on the latter.