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Scaremongering over jihadist 'influx'

Published 23/03/2011 | 05:00

Libyans pose with the wreckage of a US F15 fighter jet after it crashed near the village of Bu Mariem, east of Benghazi, Libya, yesterday. Both crew ejected safely
Libyans pose with the wreckage of a US F15 fighter jet after it crashed near the village of Bu Mariem, east of Benghazi, Libya, yesterday. Both crew ejected safely

KEVIN Myers is right to point to the contradictions in the positions now adopted by countries which for so long enabled Gaddafi to perpetrate widespread human rights violations.

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But his assertion that European countries will have to give sanctuary to "escaping jihadists" ('Overthrowing Gaddafi will ensure jihadists find sanctuary in Europe', March 22) is scaremongering and misleading for a number of reasons.

Firstly, most of those being forced out of Libya are either migrant workers employed by multinationals which have no interest in human rights or refugees from sub-Saharan Africa.

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