Are You ESL, Erick?

Are You ESL, Erick?

Corey WilsonWednesday,18 November 2015

There are two things I hate: liars, and people with stupid names. Unfortunately for Erick Erickson, he falls into both categories.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (am I hip now?), I got into a tussle with Cal Thomas. It was about his stupid misinterpretation of a comment made by President Obama; a comment that linked climate change with the rise in global terrorism.
Obama said:

“Understand, climate change did not cause the conflicts we see around the world. Yet what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram. It’s now believed that drought and crop failures and high food prices helped fuel the early unrest in Syria, which descended into civil war in the heart of the Middle East.”

After reading that, it should be clear what he meant. Climate change doesn’t cause terrorism; it simply gives terrorism an environment to grow in. It creates the instability terrorists thrive on.

For some people, however, it’s a harder concept to grasp. At least, that’s the way it seems. It could be that people like Erickson are just liars, though. Which would make sense. For example, at the Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders said this about climate change in regard to terrorism:

“Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”

Erickson, however, reported:

“Bernie Sanders reaffirmed that global warming was the greatest threat to humanity and was also the root cause of terrorism in the Middle East.”

Uh, no. No he didn’t.

I have a few caveats—one being that I don’t completely agree with Sanders—but I’ve tread these waters before, and so I’m not going to again. That, and Erickson’s egregious lies take precedence.

“Meanwhile, Martin O’Malley said he still wanted to bring 60,000 Syrian refugees into this country,” Erickson wrote, “though we now know some of those refugees were involved in the Paris attack.

Do we know that? According to Telegraph, the attackers—who’ve been named—are all French nationals, or are, at the very least, EU citizens. I’ll leave this link for Erickson to read since he, like many at Fox, are either allergic to, or unfamiliar with, sourcing claims and providing hyperlinks.

Now, did the attackers use the migrant crisis to return to their countries? Possibly, but that’s not what Erickson said. He said that the refugees were involved in the attack—meaning the people fleeing from the war are terrorists. They are not; at least four are believed to have fought in Syria for Daesh. They were not refugees. Stop painting the victims as our enemy.

“But when it comes to foreign policy, it turns out the American people want someone in the White House who is willing to kill bad guys while suffering no delusions.”

Yeah, you definitely want someone in the White House who’s thinking in terms of “bad guys” and “good guys.” Because that’s all Daesh is; they’re mindless killing plot devices designed to be nothing but an opposition to the Good Guys. Essentially, they’re orcs. They weren’t moulded with a bitter resentment of the West because their communities were destroyed and their families killed; they were created by the evil Lord Sauron, and the only way to defeat them is to keep the bombs a droppin’. Because when one war didn’t work, the only reasonable recourse is a second, third, and fourth war.

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