An update to the story that The Point discussed here.
Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni vowed to resist mass migration. The low bar at stake here is the migrant smuggling operation in which NGOs pick up mostly Muslim migrants and “rescue them” by transporting them to Italy.
The new Italian government lightly put its foot down and refused to let the male migrants leave the smuggling ships and enter Italy.
The migrant smugglers claimed that Italy had an obligation to take them because the Muslim migrants were all vulnerable Italy allowed in women, children and anyone sick and said that the ‘flag states’ or the countries those ships were registered to had to take them.
The standoff proved successful with another migrant ship picking up and going to France.
France’s government has granted a safe port to the Ocean Viking rescue vessel carrying 234 migrants.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said France would welcome the ship’s passengers at the military port in the city of Toulon on Friday.
The Norwegian-flagged vessel — operated by the NGO SOS Méditerranée — has been at sea for nearly three weeks.
Italy had refused to allow the migrants to disembark on Italian territory, sparking a dispute with Paris.
Darmanin said the 230 passengers on board the Ocean Viking subsequently would be divided among France, Germany and other European countries.
Resistance is not futile.
France has responded with angry threats.
The French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said Rome’s refusal to answer calls for help from the ship in Italian waters was “incomprehensible” and “unacceptable”. He said it was “obvious that there will be extremely severe consequences for bilateral relations” between France and Italy.
What’s incomprehensible is allowing countries to be invaded by those trying to destroy them.
The name Ocean Viking is appropriate since the passengers are ‘viking’ to raid Europe.