If it weren't so tragic the story of the war in Afganistan would be almost funny. We pick a fight with a country that had nothing to lose, then act all surprised when they don't. In the midst of losing one we quickly start another in Iraq, for unclear reasons. This left us over stretched as the two wars were fought simultaniously and our soldiers started having to buy their own equipment. Now we've decided the best way to sort it out is to give the enemy a load of money* and hope for the best.
Amongst the moral bankruptcy that is the Iraq war, a lot of people have overlooked the reasons we were told the first conflict in Afganistan was fought. It was waged because our allies, the US, had been the victims of an awful terrorist attack. In order to catch the mastermind of these attacks we went looking for, Osama Bin Laden. In the meantime we've caught the bloke responsible for masterminding the 9/11 terror attacks: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. He was in Pakistan. Confused?
My first encounter with enviromentalism was during the 80's when we were all being told about a huge hole in the ozone layer which meant we were all going to burn to a crisp. It could never be repaired and was being caused by man's greed. And aerosol cans. I was horrified and came home from school full of indignant rage that my parents used underarm deoderant. Today we read that the fact the ozone layer is healing up is a very bad thing because it could increase global warming**.
During my second encounter with enviromentalism, global warming, I was told, thanks to man's greed, we were all going to be burned to a crisp. The planet was soon going to heat up beyond all recognition. Then, Al Gore, got involved with the global warming equivalent of the thoroughly debunked internet film, Loose Change 2. In fact I remember watching the film "An Inconvinient Truth," in much the same vein and thinking to myself, well that's pretty scary but I wonder if it's true? Add to that the fact he is a politician and I decided it was reasonably likely he was lying. My cynicism was rewarded by a high court ruling in London which found nine examples of factual inaccuracies made in “the context of alarmism and exaggeration”. As with Loose Change 2's factual innacuracies the problems didn't put off true believers but they put me off a bit.
Then it started to get colder***. Then they tried to re-label it 'climate chaos'. Then it turned out that scientists were exchanging emails that suggested all was not quite as it seemed in the man made global warming camp****. Now a court has decided they've been breaking the law in a desperate attempt to stop other people looking at the data they're basing their apocalyptic announcements on*****.
And then this:
"The UN’s top climate change body has issued an unprecedented apology over its flawed prediction that Himalayan glaciers were likely to disappear by 2035.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said yesterday that the prediction in its landmark 2007 report was “poorly substantiated” and resulted from a lapse in standards." The Times.
In logic you cannot prove a negative. I can't prove God does not exist for example. The same is true for man made global warming. I can't prove it isn't happening, there could always be a causal relationship we are unaware of. However I can watch the absurd behaviour of those who think it is and make up my mind if I'm ready to join them yet. For the moment I'm going to give that church a miss.
* Over £80 million has been pledged so far for a "Taliban Trust Fund": Story in The Telegraph.
** The New York Times: 'That the hole in Earth’s ozone layer is slowly mending is considered a big victory for environmental policy makers. But in a new report, scientists say there is a downside: its repair may contribute to global warming'.
*** BBC news article:
What happened to global warming?
Average temperatures have not increased for over a decade
This headline may come as a bit of a surprise, so too might that fact that the warmest year recorded globally was not in 2008 or 2007, but in 1998.
But it is true. For the last 11 years we have not observed any increase in global temperatures.
And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise...
Next decade 'may see no warming' BBC news.
**** Hugely embarrasing, not proof of a cover up, but certainly a glimpse into the mindset of scientists who need man made global warming to be true: Telegraph broke the story here.
***** The Telegraph: University scientists in climategate row hid data.