In a bold New York Times Op-Ed published last weekend, Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder argues that climate change could lead to a resurgence of Hilter-esque geopolitical thinking.Hitler wasn't driven by what we think of as "climate change." He wanted to change the climate of the planet in a positive way by ridding it of the plague of Jewry. His was a really awful, crackpot idea that, dead Jew-wise, ended up being astonishingly successful.
“The Holocaust may seem a distant horror whose lessons have already been learned,” he writes. “But sadly, the anxieties of our own era could once again give rise to scapegoats and imagined enemies, while contemporary environmental stresses could encourage new variations on Hitler’s ideas, especially in countries anxious about feeding their growing populations or maintaining a rising standard of living.”
Snyder, author of the new book “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning,” draws parallels in the Op-Ed between the World War II and more-contemporary battles for resources.
Adolf Hitler invaded the Soviet Union to seize Ukraine’s fertile soil — as well as to kill the Jews living there — Synder (sic) writes. The Nazi dictator was motivated, he explains, by his obsession with securing Europe’s resources for the German people.
More recently, the Rwandan genocide in 1994 “followed a decline in agricultural production for several years before,” notes Synder (sic). And in Sudan, he writes, drought helped start the Darfur genocide by forcing Arabs to migrate to land inhabited by non-Arab ethnic groups.
Today, there is another Shoah in the offing, and it, too, involves people in the grip of a terrible, crackpot idea--the Shias' belief that they must rid the world of Jewry in general and Israel in particular in order to coax their messiah, the inordinately shy twelfth imam, from his cozy hiding place so he can return to preside over Shia global supremacy. And they plan to pull it off via a nuke or two dropped on Tel Aviv.
Now, that would change the climate (as would, say, ISIS enjoying continued success with its global caliphate project, yet another product of bad, megalomaniacal thinking). But since that Holocaust has nothing to do with the professor's ecologically-driven thesis, it isn't part of his Algorithm--or on his Algorian GPS. (I know that for a fact because when I scanned the book's index online, I found it went from "International Women's Day" to "Iraq War," with nothing on Iran.)