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Global warming blamed for rise of Islamist terror group Boko Haram

Global warming blamed for rise of terror group Boko Haram.
Global warming blamed for rise of terror group Boko Haram.
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According to the UK Guardian's Nafeez Ahmed, global warming is to blame for the rise of the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, Newsbusters reported Sunday. Ahmed said that while the group's actions have shocked the world, "less attention has been paid to the roots of the crisis." The root of the crisis, at least to him, is global warming -- or whatever it's called this week.

According to Ahmed, instability in Nigeria has been steadily growing as a result of global warming. He cited a 2009 study by the UK Department for International Development that said 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,'" Ahmed added.

"Unfortunately," he wrote, "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.'"

Ahmed also took a shot at the oil industry, noting that "there is little evidence of an oil boom" in northern Nigeria, where the terror group comes from.

He concluded his piece by saying that if his analysis is correct, "the hundreds of innocent girls kidnapped in Nigeria are not just victims of Islamist fanaticism; they are also victims of failed foreign, economic and security policies tied to our infernal addiction to black gold."

A recent report says that most of the girls abducted were Christian. Most of those who either "escaped" or were released, the report added, were Muslim. The report also says that the kidnapped girls are being raped up to 15 times a day and those refusing to convert to Islam are having their throats cut. No doubt, Ahmed would have us believe that, too, is all due to global warming and dependency on oil.

Newsbusters' P.J. Gladnick wondered how long it would take for former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to blame large sugary drinks. He concluded by observing that everything except the real reason -- Islamism -- must be blamed.

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