While many global leaders were in Paris yesterday to stand up against violence by Islamic terrorists, Secretary of State John Kerry had far more pressing matters. Kerry was in India speaking about the violence of climate change (H/T Jeryl Bier at The Weekly Standard):
Global climate change is already violently affecting communities not just across India but around the world. It is disrupting commerce, development, and economic growth. It’s costing farmers crops. It’s costing insurance companies unbelievable payouts. It’s raising the cost of doing business, and believe me, if it continues down the current trend-line, we will see climate refugees fighting each other for water and seeking food and new opportunity.
Yet Kerry never said that the “violence” being caused by climate change had killed anyone.
It’s true that Kerry did condemn the Charlie Hebdo attacks which he acknowledged as “a vicious act of violence”. But whereas Kerry unhesitatingly blames climate change as being the cause of imaginary climate refugees fighting each other for water, when it comes to culpability in the Charlie Hebdo attacks Kerry spoke only of “extremists”. Kerry does not define the nature of their extremism. Keep in mind this is the same John Kerry who once called the Tea Party a “group of absolutists and extremists.”
Kerry is scheduled to make his way to France later this week. Perhaps then he could say that Islamic terrorism has violently affected communities in France, but all over the world. He could say that it is disrupting commerce, development, and economic growth. It’s costing farmers crops. He could say that it’s costing insurance compnaies unbelievable payouts. He could say that it’s raising the cost of doing business. He could also say that if it contiunes downt the current trend-line, we will see it affecting freedom of speech, liberty and others truth we hold to be self-evident.
Of course, John Kerry will say no such thing. That would be too extreme for him.