Know What Is Destabilizing Iraq? Climate Change, Of Course!

It’s so simple!

(Slate) Could there be a connection between climate change and the emerging conflict in Iraq?

The short answer is a qualified yes, according to Frank Femia of the Center for Climate and Security, a Washington-based policy institute advised by senior retired military and national security leaders. He explained in a phone interview:

It’s far too early, considering this is happening in real time, to figure out what is motivating ISIS and its members. Certainly, the natural resource stresses in the region make things worse. Terrorist organizations can try to control those resources and gain significant influence and power. You can’t say climate change is causing ISIS to do what it’s doing, but it [climate change] certainly has a role to play in the region.

Increasing temperatures may also be playing a role in the recent uptick in violence. A study published last year in the journal Science showed a strong connection between high temperatures and political instability, like civil wars, riots, and ethnic violence, though the cause is not well known. A previous study has linked dehydration with decreased cognitive performance and increased levels of anxiety.

Obviuosly, it couldn’t be due to radical Islamist, nope, not a chance. (btw, the Center For Climate and Security is part of the Sustainable Markets Foundation, a radical, far left organization with all sorts of links to other radical Leftist organizations, such as 350.org and the NRDC)

This year’s major drought has coincided with the rise of ISIS, which has already used dams as a weapon of war, threatening downstream agriculture and electricity production during its march to gain control of vast swaths of territory in Syria and northern Iraq.

You have two things going on here. First, it’s a continuation of the cult, where everything is blamed on “climate change” for political purposes. Second, a complete denial of the root cause, namely, radical Islam, something Progressives are great at doing. Progressives have this aversion to seeing the reality of radical Islam. Maybe it’s their whole multiculturalism thing, maybe their hatred of America, maybe their hatred of President George W. Bush. Regardless, it’s dangerous. Even Liberal Richard Dawkins has called Progressives out on this.

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