Is this not reason enough for the West to prop up the faltering regime of Muammar Gaddafi (or "Khadafy" or "Qaddfi" or what have you)?
Libyan despot Moammer Khadafy warns West: If I go down, illegal African immigrants will swarm EuropeDaily NewsMarch 7th 2011
"Libya may become the Somalia of North Africa, of the Mediterranean," Khadafy's son, Seif, added. "You will see the pirates in Sicily, in Crete, in Lampedusa. You will see millions of illegal immigrants. The terror will be next door."
Of course, Gadaffi is simply trying to hold onto power (and maybe secure some more foreign aid in the process.) But one shouldn't forget that the colorful Colonel has been quite honest and perceptive about the danger his own people pose to Europe and America. And who would know better than him?
I recognize that this is a cry in the wilderness, but—for once!—could Western foreign-policy makers put aside their "democracy" fetish and actually pursue what is best for us? Gadaffi and his sons are people we can deal with. The stability of his dictatorship is infinitely more attractive than the refugee crisis that would almost certainly ensue were the Libyan regime to disintegrate.
Now that I think of it, I probably shouldn't even be writing about the refugee possibility, as most Western bureacrats would see a Camp of the Saints scenario as positively attractive and a justification for seeking Gadaffi's overthrow. We shouldn't give them any ideas...