Climate Change and other tragedies

What happened in Paris shouldn’t change anyone’s ideas about climate change and its importance or lack thereof. It shouldn’t change anyone’s opinions about poverty, hunger, education or anything else, with the possible exception of peace in the Middle East.

It was less than a year ago that I was writing about Paris in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy. As I mentioned then, my wife is from Paris and I’ve spent a lot of time there.

There are no words, so I won’t pretend.

It’s nothing but a sad coincidence that COP21 is in Paris this year, that Al Gore was broadcasting from the Eiffel Tower when the 7 bombings occurred, that Black Bloc protesters are giving French security headaches as they plan to disrupt the city to call attention to climate activist policies.

At the end of the day, as with all acts of terror, it doesn’t mean anything. The French will pick themselves up and move forward, perhaps in the direction of Marine LePen’s rightward vision for the nation. The war against both ISIS and Al Qaeda will continue and probably become more severe, which will mean less concern for civilians used as human shields by those rat bastards. Security around the world will continue to squeeze us all a little tighter and we probably won’t complain–at least for a while.

But all it means, all this will ever mean, is that there are a large number of people, mostly young, all innocent, who are dead who didn’t need to be.

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2 responses to “Climate Change and other tragedies

  1. Excellent post.

    I’ve experienced large scale violence and terrorism since I was six years old, and i try to develop sympathy for “developing world” victims, something most “westerners” seem to avoid unless it suits their preconceived notions.

    This is why I stitched up the Kosovo piece many years ago. NATO killed over 600 civilians in a mindless bombing campaign in 1999, and nobody blinked.

    I suspect this type of attack is going to be repeated, and attackers will be coming in part from the invasion force Ms. Merkel and Mr Hollande have encouraged.

  2. Tom,
    Mr. Obama has wasted so much time on so-called “climate change” that he was touting during an interview Friday with some friendly journalist about how ISIS is on the run and how “climate change” is the most important thing in the world.
    If a massively disruptive highly coordinated terror attack in the city hosting the greatest yet climate conference mere days before it takes place does not put the so-called “climate crisis” in a new light, then nothing will.
    “Climate change” is a made up useless name for a non-event that has allowed parasites to divert billions of dollars and millions of man hours on a complete waste of time.

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