In the past, Saddam Hussain in Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, had a well-paid crew of police and informants that kept the population in order. Religion was out of the mix, if in doubt, execute. The driving force was dispersal of oil money to those who could control the population. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked. For most people the difference between democracy and a dictatorship is that in a dictatorship, you have a government to blame for your predicament, where here in the US, you have a list of reasons to choose from.
In Libya today, there is big money to be made, supplying refugees with flimsy boats for a trip to Italy, which is really a travesty. Their citizens have no means to effectively fight a bunch of gangsters with guns, so they vote with their feet. It’s a little like a movie where the bad guy wins and rides off into the sunset with your girlfriend or daughter.
If a group could be found to finance an invasion of Libya with a force of 30,000 mercenaries at 25K per mercenary, (we would be talking about 1.5 billion dollars) (750 million for wages and the rest for ammunition) the need for migration would end. Upon securing the country, the invader would have about 8 billion a year from oil sales. Kind of like what the Duke of Normandy did in 1066 to England.
The thing that really bothers me is our government’s meddling in the Middle East, and not taking any responsibility for the mess created. Millions of people trying to emigrate in life rafts to escape from a country that we have freed from dictatorship???? It doesn’t sound like we are going to get a thank you note from any of them.