The tiny Italian island of Lampedusa should be a holiday paradise. The most southerly territory of Italy lies exactly between that country and north Africa. With a population of around 6,000, beautiful beaches, bars and restaurants it should be the perfect island get-away. But in recent years it has become a nightmare. And a petri dish for the problems that we are all going to go through in the 21st century. Especially America. The island's history was always tricky. In the 1500s North African pirates raided the island, stole the whole population and took them off into slavery.