Kofi Anan once said, “Today, no walls can separate humanitarian or human rights crises in one part of the world from national security crises in another. What begins with the failure to uphold the dignity of one life all too often ends with a calamity for entire nations.”
We can no longer tolerate the perennial lie that tells us how our nation can only be secure by controlling the security of other nations. We must be dissidents when it counts.
According to Amnesty International the number of migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year is approaching a quarter of a million. Speaking as a concerned citizen of the United States, I find it shameful that the world’s most powerful navy is not doing more to aid these refugees. The size and magnitude of the U.S. Navy carriers alone could provide shelter to tens of thousands of migrants fleeing war. If we truly are a humanitarian force for good, then we have a moral obligation to not only rescue these people when things go drastically wrong but to provide them with a first class escort to freedom.
For years the innocent people of Libya and Syria have been held under the iron fist of sadistic warmongers, bloodthirsty mercenaries, religious fanatics and calculating politicians. The children of these countries deserve far better than this.
In cooperation with our European partners, we should vow to rescue and liberate every single migrant who attempts to cross the Mediterranean. Let us not lose another precious human life when we have the resources and capacity to intervene. After-all, history is only doomed to repeat itself when we fail to act on the lessons we have learned.