Saturday, December 19, 2015

Terrorism is Hardly a Solution to Climate Change

By Anton Antonio
December 20, 2015

Widespread drought, leading to desertification, is just one of the serious results of global warming and climate change.  In the years between 2006 and 2010, Syria experienced a monumental drought, primarily attributed to climate change, that drove some 1.5 million crops and livestock farmers into cities and towns such as Homs, Palmyra and Damascus.  Over populated, these urban centers began experiencing economic problems, food shortages and social discontent… a perfect recipe for civil unrest and an ideal breeding ground for armed insurgency and separatist movements.  This is how ISIL and ISIS managed to spread its influence in that area.

So what is ISIL or ISIS all about?  “The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) alternately translated the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is a Salafi jihadist militant group that adheres to an Islamic fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam.  The group has referred to itself as the Islamic State or IS since it proclaimed a worldwide caliphate in June 2014 and named Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as its caliph.  As a caliphate, it claims religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide.  As of December 2015, the group has control over vast territories in Iraq and Syria with population estimates ranging between 2.8 million and 8 million people where it enforces Sharia law.”  “In March 2011, protest began in Syria against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad.  In the following months, violence between demonstrators and security forces led to a gradual militarization of the conflict.  In August, al-Baghdadi began sending Syrian and Iraqi ISI members experienced in guerrilla warfare across the border into Syria to establish an organization there.  Led by a Syrian known as Abu Muhammad al-Julani, this group began to recruit fighters and established cell throughout the country.” (Wikipedia)

The ISIL and ISIS fundamentalist, however, engaged in terrorism as a means to pursue their cause not only in Iraq and Syria but in other parts of the world… the latest and most despicable happened on November 13 in Paris, France; barely two weeks before the Paris Climate Talks.  If these attacks in Paris are intended to highlight the fact that the drought in Syria is a direct cause of climate change (as some people say), ISIL and ISIS are dead wrong!  Terrorism is hardly a solution to climate change.

Thoughts to promote positive action…

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Wikipedia, (2015).  “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant”. Retrieved on December 20, 2015 from

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