Take UK’s decision to stop participating in search and rescue operation to save illegal immigrants who choose to make themselves hostages to destiny by attempting to cross over to Europe from North Africa in rickety over-crowded boats.
I had previewed this stance in my contribution in this column on 7th September where I expressed:
“The more we improve conditions for giving a welcome to asylum seekers worthy of human beings and children of the same God, the more we are motivating others to risk their lives in illegal boat crossings, in the process enriching the merchants of death who organise such human trafficking. By helping the ones that come ashore we would be risking the lives of those who would be motivated to follow suit.
It is the same argument used in kidnapping. If one meets kidnappers’ demands for ransom, one could be saving the hostage’s life but in the process putting at risk the lives of many innocent people who could become victims of kidnapping as the criminals become emboldened to enrich themselves by expanding their activities. The principle is generally that there should be no negotiations with criminals and we have seen the brutal killing of journalists at the hands of heartless Islamic fundamentalists in the pursuit of this principle. Why should it be different in the case of irregular immigration?”