Only through listening, reading and learning from experience over many years have I become an unrepentant sceptic when it comes to the received wisdom of the time; the views of powerful politicians and their cohorts who run the establishment media have come to ring increasingly hollow.
In the build up to the second Gulf War in 2003, Western leaders, with US President George W. Bush at the fore, and the media beating the war-drums, assured us Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was about to unleash a chemical attack on Europe. Dissenters and peaceniks were silenced. A disastrous, pointless invasion followed. The story about the chemical weapons turned out to be a lie.
Former US Vice-President Al Gore shocked the world when he revealed the fact the polar icecaps were melting fast and seaboards around the globe would soon be flooded. That was also a lie.
When Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, we were assured this was only because Trump had colluded with Putin and Russian hackers had rigged the country’s electoral system. We now know this was a lie.
When the Corona virus appeared we were placed under house arrest because the virus was so contagious and virulent the world population was about to be decimated. That was a lie. When a vaccine was produced, we were assured it would provide immunity and halt the alleged ‘contagion’ and so were compelled to receive it. Another lie.
We are now told the war in Ukraine and the ensuing collateral crisis that affects us all in some shape or form, is solely the responsibility of Putin. I do not believe that either.
But at this moment the people of the western world are being loudly and routinely admonished for their recklessness with regard to energy consumption. Their unreasonable desire for comfort and warmth we are told is causing global warming and making a planetary catastrophe inevitable if not enough is done immediately to curb carbon emissions. The fact that carbon emissions in the UK are down 40% since 2008, 22% in the US and 17% in Europe has done nothing to assuage the fear mongers who are demanding nothing less than complete lifestyle changes. The threatened measure promise, not only to make life tougher for the majority, but threaten to break some of the world’s largest economies.
With all this in mind, I have spent the last two months on the road covering thousands of miles of territory in southern and eastern Africa. In a way I wish I had not done so because I’m heartbroken. Many of the places visited I remember well from my earlier years and virtually everywhere I travelled the fields were on fire, there is damage, devastation and dereliction.
Once vibrant farms and towns have been wrecked but I kept telling myself, all may not be lost, and they might be reconstructed. Far more troubling is the devastating deforestation of once fruitful, luxuriant landscapes that provided a bountiful range for myriad forms of life while protecting the underlying soils and breathing life into our atmosphere. The fact is, the trees that have long shaded the continent are disappearing at an unprecedented rate and a real live environmental catastrophe is rapidly unfolding which will soon see much of the landmass become a dustbowl.
I kept asking myself why are Al Gore, Greta Thunberg and their acolytes so silent. Where are the Global Warmists? Where is the Green Movement? Where are all the so-called environmentalist who scream so loudly about carbon emissions? Where are the ‘Tyre Extinguishers,’ presently prowling UK streets at night puncturing the tyres of SUV’s?
And all the countries I visited are riddled with supposedly well-intentioned NGO’s and associated bodies that claim to be there working to make Africa and therefore the world a better place. I know they are there because they are easy to spot on the road because they invariably drive the latest, most expensive 4×4’s, and in the towns and cities because they are among the tiny few who can dine in the swankiest restaurants. Yet nowhere have I seen any sign of any of them being involved in any effective, purposeful efforts to stop, or at least slow this dreadful process. My contempt for these overpaid frauds is exacerbated by the knowledge that in this region, some of the last people standing who are actually working hard, sometimes in great danger, to protect what is left of the wilderness are actually white Africans, many former compatriots among them, who are also hunters, and so belong to one of the most vilified groups of people on the planet.
But, taking another step back I suppose the reason no people or power will intervene to stop Africans destroying Africa is simple; it is the same reason all the world knows about George Floyd but very few know about the Rwandan genocide. The reason they know about Floyd is because a white policeman participated in his demise. When the Hutus massacred almost a million Tutsis no whites were seen hacking people to death with machetes so there was no need to report on it or intervene.
The same applies here; it is difficult to blame any Europeans for this unless one can find a link to slavery I suppose and if they cannot be blamed then there is a need to ignore. So while, Africans, the poorest people on the planet, are orchestrating a population explosion without parallel which will certainly lead to the poorest becoming even poorer, there is apparently no call to mention a possible need for family planning. And because the economies of these countries are either stagnant or in decline there is absolutely no chance these millions of people will ever be employed in any semblance of a formal sector where they might contribute to some sort of economic growth.
Virtually all are subsistence pastoralists employing primitive agricultural methods involving deforestation; a limited period of land use before soils are leached, and then a move to virgin land, more trees removed, making for an inexorable cycle of ongoing habitat destruction until there is little left. Apart from trees felled for land clearing, charcoal production has become a revenue mainstay for these people which does more damage. And where the big trees still stand in the forested areas, the Chinese are busy removing them.
This lamentable process would be harshly criticised elsewhere but because these are Africans, and this is Africa, there is nothing to see here; nobody is prepared to risk their jobs or reputation suggesting Africans might also be asked to consider the health of the environment, have families commensurate with their disposable means, and to protect their natural resources, because this will almost certainly be deemed ‘racist’ and maybe even ‘hate-speech’ leading to a criminal prosecution.
Far safer and much more popular to continue hurling abuse at the usual villains; the people of European descent who inhabit western Europe and the US. “At the heart of the climate crisis,” writes Oxfam’s Gail Smith, “is a horror story of injustice and exploitation. Leaders of rich polluting nations continue to allow fossil fuel companies to amass an average of $2.8 billion a day of profit as they watch the world burn, whilst the poorest countries least responsible for the climate crisis are hit hardest.”
It is worth noting the only southern hemisphere leader who attracts the world’s ire on environmental grounds is the one who is being the most sensible; President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil; the reason; he is a white, Christian conservative and a patriotic libertarian.
Thanks to the liberal globalists who now dominate our world and through a supplicant media, have convinced the world that whites are uniformly rich and bad, and blacks uniformly poor and good, much of this once magnificent continent is on fire, and going quickly into a gigantic bag of charcoal.