Global Warming Led to ‘Black Hawk Down

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    How stupid can one get! Leave it to a Democratic Congressman, from Massachusetts. How do these people get voted into Congress, much less on to an important select committee? :roll:

    Global Warming Led to ‘Black Hawk Down,’ Congressman Says

    Friday, July 11, 2008
    By Josiah Ryan, Staff Writer

    Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.)

    On the Spot ( – A top Democrat told high school students gathered at the U.S. Capitol Thursday that climate change caused Hurricane Katrina and the conflict in Darfur, which led to the “black hawk down” battle between U.S. troops and Somali rebels.

    Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), chairman of the House (Select) Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee, also equated the drive for global warming legislation with the drive for women’s suffrage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  2. Thought it was a couple of lucky RPGs meself.
    On a more picky note, they weren't Somali rebels, that word suggests they were rebelling against something. Perhaps such as central government, some form of local organisation apart from the warlords, not the lack of it.
    Bandidos pure and simple, and they have now got a navy and diversified out to be Fairtrade Pirates!
    History was never a pre-requisite for any politician of any persuasion in any country anywhere.
  3. I agree Trippy. It wasn't global warming, but rather extremely rapid cabin and cockpit warming.
  4. What was suggested was that Global Warming drove (and continues to drive) desertification and drought in the Horn of Africa, causing people to fight over scarce food and water. This happened in Somalia, causing social collapse, and allowed Aideed to rise to power.

    Desertification and drought also play a role in the current conflict in Darfur and Chad
  5. Eh? Wrong... climate change had squat to do with Somalia's societal collapse. The blame for that can be leveled squarely on assorted food aid programs. Half that country's population were farmers, the other half were herders. In the winter, the herders would trade cows and other livestock to the the farmers for fodder. Enter food aid and the farmers stopped growing crops... was easier and cheaper to aquire bags of rice and grain from trucks than to work the fields. This meant no fodder for the herders of course.... so their ancient system broke down and all sorts of civil unrest ensued. Really good book on the subject called The Road to Hell, the Ravaging Effects of Foreign Aid and International Charity by Michael Maren... a fellow who was actually one of the head honchos with CARE in Somalia prior to the downward spiral into anarchy that enveloped that nation. It's a real eye opener as to what actually is going on.