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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon, in an article published Saturday.
“The Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change,” Ban said in a Washington Post opinion column.
UN statistics showed that rainfall declined some 40 percent over the past two decades, he said, as a rise in Indian Ocean temperatures disrupted monsoons.
“This suggests that the drying of sub-Saharan Africa derives, to some degree, from man-made global warming,” the South Korean diplomat wrote.
“It is no accident that the violence in Darfur erupted during the drought,” Ban said in the Washington daily.
When Darfur’s land was rich, he said, black farmers welcomed Arab herders and shared their water, he said.
With the drought, however, farmers fenced in their land to prevent overgrazing.
“For the first time in memory, there was no longer enough food and water for all. Fighting broke out,” he said.
Good Lt. at The Jawa Report writes in response:
That’s good news for the US military – there’s nothing they can do to stop what’s really causing Darfur’s problems. And we all know what a world breadbasket and model of prosperity Darfur was before this arbitrary assault by the planet’s weather patterns; an assault that is literally possessing and directly ordering the lunatics there to slaughter innocents with machetes.
Hence, we don’t need to intervene with our military there. Nothing the military can do to stop “climate change.”
Makes sense to me …
I say we send a team of global warming diplomats, led by Al Gore, to set up an office there in order to solve the gw crisis. After all, once that is solved, all will be back to normal in Darfur.