Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that poverty is a recruitment tool for Boko Haram. However, Kerry might have met his match in absurdity by Nafeez Ahmed of the U.K. Guardian who claimed that global warming was responsible for the rise of that organization. Yes, if poverty does not absolve Boko Haram terrorists of responsibility then global warming now called climate change which has been updated to global climate disruption should do the trick.. Here is Ahmed placing the blame for Boko Haram squarely on the shoulders of that favorite all-purpose villain of the Left, global warming:
The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian school girls, and the massacre of as many as 300 civilians in the town of Gamboru Ngala, by the militant al-Qaeda affiliated group, Boko Haram, has shocked the world.
But while condemnations have rightly been forthcoming from a whole range of senior figures from celebrities to government officials, less attention has been paid to the roots of the crisis.
Instability in Nigeria, however, has been growing steadily over the last decade - and one reason is climate change. In 2009, a UK Department for International Development (Dfid) study warned that climate change could contribute to increasing resource shortages in the country due to land scarcity from desertification, water shortages, and mounting crop failures.
A more recent study by the Congressionally-funded US Institute for Peace confirmed a "basic causal mechanism" that "links climate change with violence in Nigeria." The report concludes:
"...poor responses to climatic shifts create shortages of resources such as land and water. Shortages are followed by negative secondary impacts, such as more sickness, hunger, and joblessness. Poor responses to these, in turn, open the door to conflict."
Unfortunately, a business-as-usual scenario sees Nigeria's climate undergoing "growing shifts in temperature, rainfall, storms, and sea levels throughout the twenty-first century. Poor adaptive responses to these shifts could help fuel violent conflict in some areas of the country."
So how long before former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg blames large sugary drinks for the rise of Boko Haram? Everything must be blamed but the real reason: Islami... OOPS! The obvious truth must remain hidden in plain sight.
H/T: Weasel Zippers