In his book on the latest explorations of today’s Libya the Italian author Emilio Lupi advocated Italian dominance of Tripolitania from the ideological point of view. He believes that Italy should expand its contemporary borders across the Mediterranean sea, reclaiming possessions of the former Roman Empire, even if it was of no commercial value, and he expresses his hope, that the county will be “soon better explored under the protection of our flag”.
Italian appetite for the Libyan coast was additionally encouraged by the contemporary French tendencies to take over Morocco.
Lupi stated: “Even if the coast of Tripoli were a desert, even if it would not support one peasant or one Italian business firm, we will need to take it to avoid being suffocated in mare nostrum” (Cedric James Lowe, F. Marzari , Italian Foreign Policy, 1870-1940, 2002, p. 34).
References: OCLC 249429041, 918385547.