“If you’ve lost your crop and land or the Afghan government hasn’t paid enough attention [to you] then of course, the Taliban can come and exploit it”
Every once in a while, it becomes crystal clear that the media thinks its job is to push the pet political projects of the progressive left.
In this case, we have a real news report claiming that climate change is partially to blame for the rise of the Taliban.
This is not The Onion or the Babylon Bee.
This is CBS News:
How climate change helped strengthen the Taliban
Rural Afghanistan has been rocked by climate change. The past three decades have brought floods and drought that have destroyed crops and left people hungry. And the Taliban — likely without knowing climate change was the cause — has taken advantage of that pain.
While agriculture is a source of income for more than 60% of Afghans, more than 80% of conflicts in the country are linked to natural resources, according to a joint study by the World Food Programme, the United Nations Environment Program and Afghanistan’s National Environmental Protection Agency. In 2019, Afghanistan ranked sixth in the world for countries most impacted by climate change, according to the Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index.
Over the last 20 years, agriculture has ranged from 20 to 40% of Afghanistan’s GDP, according to the World Bank. The country is famous for its pomegranates, pine nuts, raisins and more. However, climate change has made farming increasingly difficult.
Whether from drought or flood-ravaged soil, farmers in the region struggle to maintain productive crops and livestock. When they cannot profitably farm, they’re forced to borrow funds to survive. When Afghans can’t pay off lenders, the Taliban often steps in to sow government resentment.
“If you’ve lost your crop and land or the Afghan government hasn’t paid enough attention [to you] then of course, the Taliban can come and exploit it,” said Kamal Alam, a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.
This was my reaction to the story:
Have you ever met a person who is obsessed with one particular topic and somehow always steers the conversation back to that topic no matter what you're talking about? https://t.co/JUUPPusd82
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) August 20, 2021
Here are a few more Twitter reactions:
Hey everyone, this Taliban takeover isn't the President's fault! It's yours. You didn't buy enough electric cars. https://t.co/dhSAjV0kdC
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) August 20, 2021
It's starting to feel like an infomercial
"Climate Change…Is there anything it can't do!?!" https://t.co/b9GO4gKFQL
— F. Bill McMorris (@FBillMcMorris) August 20, 2021
I actually laughed out loud https://t.co/LAZUoPz5RR
— isaac leverenz (@isaacleverenz) August 20, 2021
"Hey Google, is it possible to punch a tweet?" https://t.co/dTOglGKw4o
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) August 20, 2021
It’s like the left has a wheel with all of their favorite issues that they just spin to decide which thing is responsible for any given problem.
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