Another fascinating insight into the mentality of the warmist which chillingly demonstrates just how much they seem to be animated by hatred of the modern world .
Prominent global warming alarmist Chris Hedges has made a startling denouncement of his own country and condemned its actions in winning the Second World War. America, he writes, demonstrated that it was “as morally bankrupt as the Nazi machine it had recently vanquished” when it dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima and then on Nagasaki.
America, he goes on, deliberately committed an act of carefully planned, cold-blooded genocide for which there was no reason –
It was an act of mass annihilation that was strategically and militarily indefensible. The Japanese had been on the verge of surrender. Hiroshima and Nagasaki had no military significance. It was a war crime for which no one was ever tried.
Chris Hedges, The Science of Genocide. Truthdig.com
Hedges’ contention that it was unnecessary and that Japan was “on the verge of surrender” is of course not only remarkably stupid but an insult to the lives of the tens of thousands of servicemen and women who fought and died battling the fanatical Japanese military machine which – and this is perhaps the crucial point Hedges is at pains to omit – launched an unprovoked attack on America, as well a murderous campaign of invasion, rape, torture and slavery on neighbouring countries. On this, Hedges is totally, completely silent.
Hedges target here, though, is not just his own country, but science and technology in general which he claims are responsible for the genocides of the twentieth century by making them possible, an argument analogous in its fatuousness to claiming that matches are responsible for arson attacks because they make them possible. You see, science for Hedges is not the rational discovery of truth for the benefit of humankind. It isn’t medicine, warmth, power, light, and knowledge. Rather, for him and his kind it is something to be feared and loathed:
Science is for us what totems and spells were for our premodern ancestors. It is magical thinking. It feeds our hubris and sense of divine empowerment. And trusting in its fearsome power will mean our extinction.
Fittingly, he quotes noted psychotic liar, Bruno Bettelheim, as support for his argument that progress hasn’t actually improved the lot of mankind but is responsible for all the terror and slaughter that the rest of us thought were caused by the communists in Russia and China and the National Socialists in Germany. Bettelheim was a man so prone to confabulation that even his long-time personal assistant remarked of him “you couldn’t believe a word he said”. Why would Hedges or anyone else, then, quote such a person in support of their argument? I can’t fathom it and will leave to the reader to speculate.
How ironic then that in his column, The Sky Really is Falling, he accuses skeptics of global warming of “self-delusion”. This from a man who apparently really believes there’s an equivalency to be drawn between Nazi Germany and Japan which launched genocidal attacks on the world, and America, which reluctantly entered the war only after it was directly attacked without provocation. A man who doesn’t welcome science for curing crippling and painful diseases and ailments, for feeding the world, and lifting humanity out of drudgery, but rather sees it as some malignant force that will lead to our extinction.
This is something, I believe, to bear in mind next time you read another jeremiad on global warming or “evil capitalism” from Hedges or one of his alarmist cronies. The fact that he is still being published by media outlets is nothing short of a scandal.