The news of Syria is at this point inescapable as the world waits to see what if any response will be taken by the United States for the alleged chemical attack that took place this past August. I say alleged to remain neutral. Although I remain neutral the evidence is pretty compelling that a chemical attack did take place, and that more then likely the Syrian government was responsible for it. These facts have been presented to the people of the world, and I would have to say it is all beyond a reasonable doubt.
However have we thought about the real problem, or should I say one of the real problems we are facing, or is it simply another case of getting it wrong. I do not pretend to understand the complexities of the situation. In doing a little research, I found this about climate change, and the long drought that Syria suffered, and now the uprising and civil war.
From the article.
Climate change is already hurting the world’s most vulnerable populations. Those who live in areas hit hard by drought, severe storms or rising seas and can’t relocate because of economic or social factors bear the brunt of our planet’s increasing volatility.
One way the changing climate has already made itself known is through a devastating drought — and ensuing food shortage — in Syria; it created a powder keg, and played a significant role in sparking the country’s civil war. We can expect to see similar scenarios unfold in the future.
Moyers & Company’s John Light spoke with Francesco Femia, co-founder of the Center for Climate and Security — a think tank with an advisory board consisting of retired military commanders and international affairs experts — about how climate change serves as a “threat multiplier” in volatile regions such as Syria, Egypt and Pakistan, and what America’s role should be in a world in which climate change increasingly exacerbates — and causes — international crises.
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