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Syrian War Now Being Blamed On Global Warming

From the Daily Caller:

Did global warming cause the Syrian civil war?

By Michael Bastasch | September 9, 2013

… According to Francesco Femia, co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security, the Syrian conflict that has caught the attention of the world was preceded by the “worst long-term drought and most severe set of crop failures since agricultural civilizations began in the Fertile Crescent.”

The severe drought, combined with massive crop failures and poor agricultural policy on the part of the Assad regime, forced mass migrations from the countryside to cities that were already hard-pressed by refugees from Iraq, Femia argues. Military analysts overlooked these factors and argued that Syria would be immune to the civil unrest that had previously swept through authoritarian Middle Eastern regimes.

“But under the surface of what seemed to be a stable country, there was a large-scale environmental and human disaster happening,” Femia told “Moyers & Company.”

“Climate change primarily manifests itself through water,” Femia added. “But it varies; different kinds of water, different ways. It can lead to more extreme weather events: either a drought or a major storm or an amount of rainfall that’s unusual and leads to flooding. It’s not just scarcity, it’s too much, too little and unpredictably.”

So the problem is not so much climate change, as it is rain is unpredictable?

“Climate change is going to have security implications across the globe and conflict is just one area of concern,” Femia said…

We thought it was the evil conservatives who hated change?

Meanwhile, via TakePart:

The Funniest Tweets Blaming Climate Change for Absolutely Everything

By Andri Antoniades | September 8, 2013

Veteran journalist Bill Moyers published an article this week on his website explaining the link between climate change and war.

(For the record, TakePart is the digital division of Participant Media, a motion picture studio [sic] that focuses on issues of "social justice.")

The piece included an interview with Francesco Femia, co-founder of the think tank, Center for Climate and Security. Using Syria as an example, Femia explained that the lack of resources caused by climate change led to massive civil unrest in the country.

It’s not a revolutionary idea; widespread drought, the ensuing collapse of the country’s agricultural industry, and the resulting famine and poverty all lead to a volatile social environment.

None of which ever happened before in history, until we started having man-made global warming in the early 1980s.

But without having the character space to explain all that on Twitter, Moyers simply tweeted: "Climate change in Syria helped spark the civil war there. Which country is next?"

Taken out of context, the statement looks a bit non sequitur. (And sure, that could have been rectified if users clicked the link provided and read the article in its entirety, but this is the Internet—who has the time?)

There is no context wherein it is not an idiotic statement.

Unsurprisingly, the tweet sparked a few snarky exchanges.

SunnyRight: "I think the brutal dictator helped."
Kimberly C: Yes. But what made this dictator so brutal? Climate change probably. I know I get cranky when it’s too hot.

But just hours later, Moyers’ seemingly innocuous tweet ignited it’s own globally-trending hashtag, #otherthingscausedbyclimatechange, which has become the battle cry of climate-deniers on Twitter. This morning they’ve used it to jokingly blame climate change for everything from "white girls twerking" to Dennis Rodman hanging out with Kim Jong Un.

Denying the existence of climate change certainly doesn’t make its effects any less devastating, but at least it makes for some really entertaining reading.

This is their ‘social activism’ at work.

Here are some of the most memorable tweets from #otherthingscausedbyclimatechange:

Allan Bourdius: "Ben Affleck as Batman"
Billcrowley3rd: "Al gores bank account swells to unprecedented levels"
Dori: "Red lines"
Darth Kitteh: "Carlos Danger"

Of course, none of them are quite as funny as Mr. Moyer’s original tweet. Because he meant his.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 9th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Syrian War Now Being Blamed On Global Warming”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    “But it varies; different kinds of water….” WHAT??? Is there another kind of H2O? I’ve heard of ‘heavy water(D2O or DHO)’ but I don’t think that’s what he means.

    • Right of the People says:

      No he was talking about the different bottled waters they offer at his spa, Perrier, Aquafina, Smart Water, etc. I’m sure Assad and his homies keep a good supply around, after all they are in the freakin’ desert.

  2. canary says:

    Are the Syrian farmers short on their poppy fields of Herion leading to economic woes and withdrawals? I doubt it, but someone tell the present White House administration. Did Russia finally crackdown on Syria’s drugs slipping their way into Russia?

    It’s hard to believe the Syrian Muslims are against the moderate secular Assad whose wife a modern British born citizen.

    In the end no matter. Al-Qaeda on the rebels side and Hezbollah on Syria’s side will run Syria with no problem and then the poor people can plan on living in caves and work the fields for Islamic extremists living on their daily favorite plant. They can plan on as in Africa their very young children being stolen and turned into militants willing to chop their own parent’s heads off.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Because, you know .. Science ..

  4. Mithrandir says:

    Al Gore: Titanic’s sinking due to Global Warming

    When pressed to include faulty rivets, negligence, inability to steer quickly, crow’s nest officers without binoculars, high speed, Al Gore called questioner, a “Flat Earther.”

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