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Istability due to draught - climate change and lack of water.

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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), Mar 4, 2015 at 11:57

Dear Daniel Pipes,

I've just read some more of Noam "Don Quixote" Chomsky, and he of course always find the wrong that's due to actions of the Big and Little Satans (USA & Israel, though these are not his terms).

But also there is apparently another destabilizing factor that is even less obvious, for which, ironically, the United States, and Israel, can provide the cure. New scientific study now shows that climate change in Syria produced droughts which needed only a "spark" to produce a huge "prairie fire" when the regime in Syria was completely unprepared to deal with it.

Who else, if not the United States, and Israel, is best prepared to address the issue of lack of water for the farmers and sheep-herders of ancient Syria? Who can best produce desalination plants, and irrigation systems, to make the deserts bloom?

"Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian War, Study Says
Research provides first deep look at how global warming may already influence armed conflict."

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/03/150302-syria-war-climate-change-drought/

"New Study Says Climate Change Helped Spark Syrian Civil War"
By Eric Holthaus

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/03/02/study_climate_change_helped_spark_syrian_civil_war.html

So don't expect much stability - especially since there are now 4,000,000 refugees who will not be able to return soon to their homes in this vast climate-induced expanded desert region.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Interesting that Syria's neighbor Israel has far more water today than twenty years ago. See http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=17859

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