The blame game is in high gear when it comes to ISIS, but this one takes the cake.
“There are many problems with the argument and its presentation– even those that believe man-made climate change is an issue worth tackling will feel uncomfortable using the Islamic State, of all things, as an example of potential consequences.”
A read-it-to-believe-it column in the Huffington Post is demanding that each American do more to stop the looming threat of the Islamic State– by recycling. Arguing a direct correlation between droughts in Syria and the rise of Islamist extremism, the authors blame climate change for the terrorist group’s advance in the Middle East.
With a title like “How Climate Change Helped ISIS,” one would expect the article to be two words long: “it didn’t.” Instead, authors Charles B. Strozier and Kelly A. Berkell argue that a wave of droughts in Syria beginning in 2006 made the nation a fertile ground for jihadist extremism, and that, without humanity’s hand in climate change, those droughts may not have occurred, thus possibly preventing the reign of terror the Islamic State has over the lands it calls its “Caliphate.”
“While ISIS threatens brutal violence against all who dissent from its harsh ideology, climate change menaces communities (less maliciously) with increasingly extreme weather,” the authors write, earnestly. “Most of us perceive these threats as unrelated.” But they are related, the authors argue, because the desperation that grows when climate change triggers a severe shortage of food could snowball into an international terrorist movement: