July 24, 2009

Scaring the masses

by-Justin Clarke

Kerry threatens war over climate change

John Kerry is worried that we’re all going to die from global warming. That may be a slight exaggeration of his position, but it pales in comparison to the exaggerating that ‘ol John and his Senate panel do here:

Massive crop devastation, melting glaciers, water shortages, millions of displaced people -- all of these will drag the US military into conflict if global climate change goes unchecked, a Senate panel was warned today.

This is just a blatant scare tactic. Global warming is going to drag the US military into conflict? I don’t think the US military has ever needed to be dragged into anything; we seem to prefer barging in to being dragged. Since we’re supposedly so keen on staying out of wars, why doesn’t Kerry do something helpful and critically lay into Obama for continuing the unnecessary and unlawful wars we’ve already got on the books?

In the last ten years we’ve invaded and conducted regime change in both Afghanistan and Iraq, we’re conducting some dicey operations in Pakistan while threatening Iran and North Korea and arguing with Russia. Would we actually go to war over the weather? Probably yes, but at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if we started a nuclear war over the correct pronunciation of 'nuclear'.

The point is that Kerry, Bush, Cheney, Obama, Biden and all the rest of them are responsible for us going to war. I repeat – they send us to war. It is the height of absurdity for government officials to make claims against normal civilians in the name of protecting us from war they claim they don't want to wage. The government, however, seem to think that war comes to us. Witness Kerry’s statement comparing global warming to 9-11:

Just as 9-11 taught us the painful lesson that oceans could not protect us from

I’m not even going to supply the rest of that sentence, as I’ve already got a number of questions, chief among them being this: what does John Kerry really think that 9-11 taught us? Not to count on the ocean to protect you from terrorists? Did he add that we shouldn't trust our magic beans to do the trick either? Don’t worry fellas, you can sleep better knowing that 9-11 had nothing to do with interventionist US foreign policy; apparently Poseidon took a day off.

If 9-11 has taught us anything, it should be that the government will use any crisis it can get its hands on to expand it’s power. This is exactly the reason why we should be so suspect of Kerry and his doomsday threats.

So why is the rhetoric at fever pitch regarding global warming anyway? Because it’s rapidly losing intellectual purchase, and if Kerry and his ilk can’t use this threat to control our economy then they’ll have to spend some time dreaming up the next boogeyman. I’ll leave you with Australian geologist Ian Plimer on issues that the scare-mongers leave out of their speeches:

That polar ice has been present on earth for less than 20 per cent of geological time; that extinctions of life are normal; that climate changes are cyclical and random; that the CO2 in the atmosphere — to which human activity contributes the tiniest fraction — is only 0.001 per cent of the total CO2 held in the oceans, surface rocks, air, soils and life; that CO2 is not a pollutant but a plant food; that the earth’s warmer periods — such as when the Romans grew grapes and citrus trees as far north as Hadrian’s Wall — were times of wealth and plenty.

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