Stop linking Syria to global warming

By |2013-09-18T12:39:17+00:00September 18th, 2013|Op-Ed Articles|3 Comments

Bringing climate change into the Syria issue does a great disservice to the innocent victims of that tragic conflict. Civil war in Syria is about people seeking to rid themselves of a bloody tyrant. Sadly, it has been exploited by religious fanatics whose endgame does not include benign democracy under rule of law.

Syrian refugee campThere has been no meaningful global warming since the late nineties and not very much before that. UN IPCC computer models project significant global warming in the future. So far those models have severely over-estimated warming. The tyrant in Damascus, the fanatics seeking to establish a theocracy and certainly not the many Syrians who yearn to live in peace and freedom have not taken up arms because of what the computer models say in an IPCC assessment report.

In 1933 Syrians actually banned yo-yos when religious leaders proclaimed that the up and down action interfered with people’s prayers for rain. Anyone linking global warming to today’s upheaval in Syria follows in that tradition.

As President Obama has learned, the human calamity in Syria does not yield to easy solutions. Putting on a pair of climate blinders is the last thing we should do if we truly care about the suffering of the innocent in Syria.

This originally appeared at National Journal.




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  1. roberta4343 September 18, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    claiming global warming every time there is severe weather, which is bad enough claiming the violence in syria is caused by global warming is just plain redicuolous!! syria is mostly desert right? well duh it is hot and dry there, it has for thousands of years.

  2. Craig Rucker September 18, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Good point, Roberta. Global warming pressure groups always act as if history started yesterday. Now they are shocked, shocked, to learn that the desert gets hot. Meanwhile the only thing likely to be determined in Syria is whether its poor people will be subjected to a secular or religious bloody tyranny. To try and use this to advance the global warming agenda is shameful.

  3. jameshrust September 19, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    The alarmists are desperate for any excuse to promote their cause. Look at the recent study showing domestic violence, i.e. wife beating, is caused by global warming.
    James H. Rust

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