Secretary of State John Kerry repeated his assertion that radical Islam, which he simply calls “extremism”, results in part from climate change. It’s not religion that guides extremism, it’s the weather.
John Kerry commemorated Eid al-Adha at a reception in the State Department Delegates’ Lounge last week. That was the event in which he tied Israel to the rise of ISIL (ISIS).
The theme appeared to be that extremists, whom he won’t call by their name – radical Islamists – are not responsible for their actions. Rather their behaviors are caused by climate change, poverty, poor leaders, out of work youth, jealousy of the West.
It’s clearly not that they’re evil and driven by avarice, debauchery, the desire to maim and kill, and are using a primitive religion as the most effective means by which to succeed.
He said “the extremism that we see, the radical exploitation of religion which is translated into violence, has no basis in any of the real religions. There’s nothing Islamic about what ISIL/Daesh stands for or is doing to people.”
The reason for extremism isn’t just the problem of Israel as Kerry indicates, which, by the way will only go away, if Israel goes away.
Islam has nothing to do with any of it.
“The extremism that we see, the radical exploitation of religion which is translated into violence, has no basis in any of the real religions,” he said. “There’s nothing Islamic about what ISIL/Daesh stands for, or is doing to people.”
However, he saved the best for last.
The reason for extremism is climate change.
“And finally, we have to build a partnership for sustainability of the planet itself, and that brings us to something like climate change, which is profoundly having an impact in various parts of the world, where droughts are occurring not at a 100-year level but at a 500-year level in places that they haven’t occurred, floods of massive proportions, diminishment of water for crops and agriculture at a time where we need to be talking about sustainable food.”
Farmers are becoming radicalized because of the weather, he said. They are being “pushed” [not their fault] “into deadly conflict.”
Kerry continued, “And in many places we see the desert increasingly creeping into East Africa. We’re seeing herders and farmers pushed into deadly conflict as a result. We’re seeing the Himalayan glaciers receding, which will affect the water that is critical to rice and to other agriculture on both sides of the Himalayas. These are our challenges.”
Kerry also linked the threat of ISIS-type extremism to the Israeli-Palestinian situation.
“As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” he said, “because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to.”
“And people need to understand the connection of that,” Kerry added. “It has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity …”
Listen to him for yourself:
You can read his remarks – if you’re into self-punishment and can stand his affectations – here.
On another occasion, in Africa, Kerry reminded the crowd that despite the starving children in Africa, they ought to refrain from creating new farms because it contributes to “climate change.”
He has his wife’s Heinz fortune and lives in an Ivory Tower.
“Certain agricultural processes can actually release carbon pollution and actually contribute to the problem in the first place. It’s a twisted circle. Always complicated. But we also know that there are ways to change that.”
“For example, rather than convert natural areas to new farmland, a process that typically releases significant amounts of carbon pollution, we can, instead, concentrate our efforts on making existing farmlands more productive.”
During a September 17th congressional hearing, Kerry said that ISIL wasn’t even offering healthcare or education as if that somehow had any meaning given the utter destruction which ISIL wreaks upon the world.
Kerry also said in early September that the United States must protect Muslim countries from climate change. We have a biblical responsibility and it’s in Scripture.
He’s entertaining if nothing else.
New video from Africa added December 7, 2014