Our exceptionally dimwitted secretary of state, that would be the very mentally deficient John Kerry-Heinz, has demonstrated, once again just this past Saturday, that he has no intention whatsoever of letting up on his drumbeat when it comes to how it is that he views ‘climate change’ as continuing to be the root cause of every malady imaginable currently taking place here on good old planet Earth. This time around the claim we hear coming from this dunderhead is how ‘climate change’ is, in fact, now considered as being a contributing factor in the Syrian civil war, using as proof of his claim, some study conducted last spring which linked drought-driven urbanization to the conflict that began back in 2011.
It was in a speech at the Milan Expo 2015 in Italy that this reject from a mental ward said, “It is not a coincidence that immediately prior to the civil war in Syria, the country experienced the worst drought on record.” And this mental-midget then went on to say, “As many as 1.5 million people migrated from Syria’s farms into Syria’s cities, and that intensified the political unrest that was beginning to brew.” This boob went on to say, “Now, I’m not telling you that the crisis in Syria was caused by climate change. No, obviously, it wasn’t. It was caused by a brutal dictator who barrel-bombed, starved, tortured, and gassed his own people.” But, according to Kerry-Heinz, ‘climate change’ allowed things to get so much worse.
But instead of taking any responsibility for this part of the world to have been allowed to be turned into what is not much more than a tinderbox, Kerry-Heinz instead put forth his best effort to portray ‘climate change’ as having played some critical role in making things considerably worse than they would otherwise have been. Kerry-Heinz said, “But the devastating drought clearly made a bad situation a lot worse.” Clearly? How so, exactly? And clear to whom? Now I suppose it’s clear to someone like Kerry-Heinz who has been quite busy supporting the cockamamie global warming/climate change/climate disruption myth for decades, but to anyone with an ounce of brainpower, I’m thinking that it’s probably not quite so clear.
So in an effort to perhaps provide a little background here, unrest in Syria erupted back in March 2011, when demonstrators, evidently inspired by protest movements in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, began calling for political reforms, an end to five decades of emergency law, and freedom for political prisoners, which at the time were estimated to number around 4,000. In the southern town of Dara’a, 60 miles from Damascus, security forces opened fire on protesters demanding reforms – and the release of more than a dozen school students arrested for writing anti-regime slogans on walls. Four people ended up being killed.
Protests against the Assad regime quickly spread, and over the ensuing month more than 170 people ended up being killed, the majority by live ammunition fired by what were identified as ‘security forces’. And by early August the death toll had reached 1,600. The unrest degenerated into a full-blown civil war, complicated by the proliferation of extremist groups and foreign support for various parties in the conflict. The U.N. estimates that more than 250,000 Syrians have died, and millions have sought refuge in neighboring countries while others seek new lives in Europe. But somehow we’re expected to believe that without ‘climate change’ the situation would never have been anywhere near as bad. Really?
The notion that ‘climate change’ can somehow be seen as being a contributing factor in the conflict began making headlines last March and was provided some level of legitimacy when a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlighted a severe drought in Syria and surrounding parts of the Middle East in 2007-2010 that triggered a mass migration from farms to urban centers. The authors, from the University of California Santa Barbara, Columbia University and Columbia’s Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory, referred to the figure of 1.5 million people, which would then come to be cited by John Kerry-Heinz.
The authors of this particular study wrote, “The rapidly growing urban peripheries of Syria, marked by illegal settlements, overcrowding, poor infrastructure, unemployment, and crime, were neglected by the Assad government and became the heart of the developing unrest.” They said that the drought – which they attributed in part to “human influences on the climate system” – exacerbated other factors that contributed to the Syrian unrest, including corruption, unemployment and inequality. I’m not sure how ‘climate change’ can have any sort of impact on the level of corruption, unemployment or, for that matter, inequality. But then I’m not some nutty professor residing in one our leftist institutions of ‘higher learning’.
Anyway, in his speech in Milan, Kerry-Heinz pointed to the refugee and migrant crisis besetting Europe, and said that without action on climate change, future refugee flows could be even worse. “Here in Europe, you’re in the middle of one of the worst refugee crises in decades,” he said. “And I would underscore, unless the world meets the urgency of this moment, the horrific refugee situation that we’re facing today will pale in comparison to the mass migrations that intense droughts, sea-level rise, and other impacts of climate change are likely to bring about.” Whoa, talk about a worst case scenario pulled right out of thin air. The boy has quite the imagination!
Kerry-Heinz linked his appeal to the forthcoming U.N. climate conference in Paris, France, which governments and activists hope will deliver a far-reaching new global climate agreement. He said, “We need every country on the same page, all pushing for an ambitious, durable, and inclusive agreement that will finally put us on the path towards a global clean-energy future.” What a bunch of idiotic drivel. Idiots like Kerry-Heinz continue to pull out all the stops in their never-ending attempt to convince the rest of us that this bogus theory of theirs actually exists and is something the rest of us really need to be concerned about and is worth going broke over trying to remedy. To buy any of what he’s saying you’d have to be a complete moron.
Our current ‘diplomatic team’, with Barry and Kerry-Heinz enthusiastically leading the charge, is constantly on the hunt for any excuse to justify what has been a chain of rather disastrous diplomatic decisions going back to even before John-Kerry-Heinz assumed his current position. And if by chance they can, at the same time, push bogus ‘climate change’ to the forefront as somehow being to blame, all the better. That way, perhaps, they will be able to kill two birds with one stone. Coming up with what they see as being a viable excuse for their own failed policies while continuing with their increasingly dire scenarios regarding the coming apocalypse of ‘climate change.’ I wonder, might we soon be hearing about how it’s all the fault of ‘climate change’ that Iran has been able to acquire a nuclear weapon?