Monday, June 18, 2007

Utter Nonsense

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is really showing himself to be completely worthless - not that its a surprise, considering the history of the office. His latest ineffectual drivel says that the Darfur killings are caused by global climate change.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon, in an article published Saturday.

"The Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change," Ban said in a Washington Post opinion column.

UN statistics showed that rainfall declined some 40 percent over the past two decades, he said, as a rise in Indian Ocean temperatures disrupted monsoons.

"This suggests that the drying of sub-Saharan Africa derives, to some degree, from man-made global warming," the South Korean diplomat wrote.
So in Rwanda, when the Hutus and Tutsis massacred each other -- was that global warming, too? Or when Hitler cried out for "Lebensraum," was that because of rising sea temperatures? How about when Milosevic practiced genocide on Bosnian muslims? Can we blame that on greenhouse gas emissions?

You see, this is dangerous political rhetoric (I like that phrase, I'm going to use it more). I know it may not be exceedingly lucid, but here are the "facts" as the left sees them:

1. There is an Arab vs African genocide (in many cases Muslim vs Christian) occurring in the Sudan.
2. This cannot be the Muslims fault; Islam means "peace".
3. There is a terrible drought occurring simultaneously with this race- and religion-inspired genocide.

At this point Ki-moon looks around for a way to link up all this and somehow make it the United States fault. Seeing as we haven't really done anything (despite massive political pandering in 2004) they can't directly blame us. But we all "know" that the United States is the devil and is the source of all evil global climate change. If we just make it seem like the SUVs caused all of this, miraculously we exonerate the masked Arab gunmen and pin it all on good ol' Uncle Sam.

I'm all for economic causes underlying war. I firmly believe that economics are the root of all wars, and I think that these cases are no different. However, one of the means to economic superiority are using xenophobia and religious fanaticism to incite the masses. Darfur is a sad case of agricultural instability leading to an Islamic-fueled genocide, not a reason for the United States to say "mea culpa".