The Arab world is getting dryer; Bin Laden blames the US and western globalization for climate change.
We’ve covered this topic before: the effects of climate change on a region of the world that in even normal weather periods is not exactly flowing with fresh water. In one article we noted acute water crises problems in Middle East countries like Jordan. We’ve explored how Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, may well become the world’s first waterless capital, much of which is being caused by mismanagement, wars, and climate change
An article posted on the Arab Environment Watch blog notes sadly that in the nearly 45 days since the end of the COP 15 climate change conference ended in Copenhagen, little appears to be being done in the Arab world to deal with the environmental problems being caused by global warming.
The article states that the watered down “Copenhagen Accord” agreement that was drafted by some of the major participants, does not really commit any of them to make efforts to keeping world temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees C. Many of the media representatives reporting on the conference even said that as are as they are concerned, the conference was a failure.
But perhaps the most earthshaking message that this article reprinted on the blog wanted to relate was that of all the entities in the Arab world, including both Arab governments and NGO’s, one of the few groups to voice their concern for the environmental of the Middle East appeared to be coming from none other than the world’s most arch Arab villain: the spiritual leader of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda’s Osama bin Laden.
Bin Laden, from somewhere in the wild, tribal areas of northwestern Pakistan issued another audio warning in which he stated that “speaking about climate change is not a matter of intellectual luxury – the phenomenon is an actual fact.”
He went further to analyze global policies and demand more sustainable use of resources. The tape, which was relayed by the Al Jazeera news site on January 30th, blames the USA and other top industrialized countries for not making more efforts to halt climate change.
Not that Bin Laden will be able to appear at any international forum such as the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) to further express his views, and present any type of plan for making improvements. Also, money Bin Laden has been using to finance his organization’s terrorist activities, including the 2001 mega terror attacks in the USA, has largely come from monies his family made in Saudi Arabia from oil and construction projects, both of which have been the most serious contributors to global warming.
Arab countries, including Bin Laden’s native Saudi Arabia, Egypt, those in the Persian Gulf, and North Africa, just to name a few, will be greatly affected by rising sea levels, much higher temperatures, and a dire lack of potable water. But anyway, we’re not taking the rantings of a global terror ring leader that seriously. If Bin Laden and his tribe can lay blame, they’ll find a way. Let’s look to more rational leaders for solutions.
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