The Italian state response to fundamentalist islam showing its ugly face so close to mainland Italy, within Italy's Near Abroad, has been a physical blockade of some of its north African coast. Particular protection has been given to energy supply installations both on-land and off-shore (as well, Italy is still scooping desperate refugees from islamic horror from watery graves: 1500 last week alone). * This has been done with little fuss and great speed. And has left international organisations and the international Great and Good to scurry about having talks and consultations and all the rest of it with whomsoever they choose. In the meantime, while the UN et al. faff about, islamics have taken their attentions and threats off to the cultural vandalism of undefended human heritage in which they so excel. Rome, it seems, might need a little longer after all.
Rome is gathering other forces: not the State's naval and air coverage operating in the Mediterranean - but Voice. Politics and religion being the same thing, opposing political primitives vested in religious garb is best undertaken by the religiously experienced. The Christian Church knows what has to be dealt with - it moves its own religious primitives on into a more modern world after all. In naming the three 20th century genocides for what they were - the slaughter of peoples for primitive politico/ideological beliefs and goals - Pope Francis has placed fundamentalist islam within its proper modern category, the category of imperialism, nazism, and stalinism.
A Jesuit pope is just what is needed to take on islam's imams in the religious end of this political spectrum. Rome has some experience in the assertion of imperial power too.
UPDATE 14 April 2015
8,400 refugees have been saved from drowning in the last four days by the Italian navy and the Italian coastguard (RAI News at lunchtime).
Another 400 souls are feared drowned this afternoon (14 April). The evening RAI news reports some people have been rescued from sinking, unseaworthy boats but there were just too many of them to save them all in time in the winter sea.