Here is another of the great memes that seem to show up on my facebook page and is posted by people who are either afraid of ISIS/Islamic extremists and/or don’t believe/hate the global warming proponents. The goals of this meme are to scare the shit out of Americans and to make liberals look like fools. Yes, ISIS is an immediate threat. A threat that we had a large part in creating with poor international policies over the decades and greedy capitalistic tendencies, but knee jerk fear reactions aren’t going to solve this problem and blaming liberals exclusively is disingenuous. The meme’s underling theme is that Liberals are not doing enough to stop ISIS when, in actuality, the current administration has probably done more to attack the extremists than the previous one. It is meant to ridicule them. In addition, the side that is posting these memes is actually doing more to support the extremists through their blind greediness that grabs money from whatever source it can whether it helps the extremists or not.
Second, is global warming any less of an immediate threat? Not actually, because of our inability to quickly affect global climate changes, the sooner we work on the problem the better. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to correct the climate and the more expensive. There may also come a point where the problem is too big to fix.
Finally, why does fixing these problems have to be mutually exclusive. In actuality, working to fix global warming may help to change the nature of the threat of ISIS. As the climate changes, resources become more scarce putting increased pressure on citizens, governments, and countries, which in turn increases belligerence and lust for the resources of others. Such a situation only strengthens ISIS. Also, investing in green technology can only lead to less dependence on foreign oil, a major factor in our continued entanglement in the Arabic/Islamic world. In addition, money going to green initiatives may be less likely to end of in the hands of ISIS than that of big oil. So, you have to wonder who is really behind these memes? Who would be more interested in directing your attention away from reducing our dependence on oil production through scare tactics and humiliation? Think about these things the next time you see a meme like this one.