It is a truth – now universally acknowledged - that the modern environmental movement has become the new home of communism. My apologies, dear Jane, but I just could not resist the homage of a metaphor.
We haven’t been calling them watermelons all these years for nothing.
Last week (July 15-18), representatives of 130 environmental NGOs, including such mainstream organizations as the World Wildlife Fund (see complete list here http://www.precopsocial.org/reunion-preparatoria/organizaciones-y-movimientos-sociales-participantes), acknowledged this truth at a UN-sponsored conference on Margarita Island, Venezuela’s idyllic Caribbean People’s Paradise. If only Hugo could have lived to see the day…
Somehow I don’t think the delegates were sipping the island’s eponymous drink and singing along with Jimmy Buffett during their four-day sojourn. No, they were engaged in much more serious matters – the fate of the world as it relates to man-made climate change.
After all was said and done, the delegates emerged from their cabal with the “Margarita Declaration,” a manifesto that calls for nothing less than an end to Capitalism. Shockingly, the delegates even called out the UNFCCC and mainstream environmental NGOs for not going far enough to combat climate change by imposing cap-and-trade systems and mandating various other conservation efforts. These fighting words flew in the face of efforts by European and US relatively mainstream environmentalists to limit and price carbon dioxide emissions.
Such a disingenuous missive proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that the fringe environmentalists are guilty of nothing less than the deadly sin of pride, “a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct.” I don’t think they have any interest in redeeming themselves, however, as Mr. Darcy did in Miss Austin’s famous novel.
But could there be something more going on here? Why was Margarita Island chosen as the venue for such a gathering? Could it have been for something more than the island’s geopolitical situation as a floating appendage of Hugo Chavez’s socialist paradise? In light of ongoing events in the Middle East, this bears a closer look.
Barbara Newman, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, has been reporting since 2005 that the Venezuelan Island of Margarita has become a main center of financing for Hezbollah in Latin America and that members of this terrorist organization are entering the US with Venezuelan documents obtained on the island for as little as $300.
Following their open declaration of hatred for the economic system that is the basis of the Western World’s wealth, is it such a reach to see a link between environmental zealots and their equally zealous Jihadi fellow travelers? On the surface one would shake their head in disbelief. But we only need to look as recently as the violent events that transpired in Istanbul, Turkey. In late May 2013, the world was led to believe that what rapidly morphed into nationwide, violent anti-government unrest began as an innocent, environmental protest by 50 people against government-backed plans to replace a park in central Istanbul with a military barracks and shopping center. Inexplicably, within 24 hours of the commencement of the “sit in” at the park, a total of 939 people had been taken into custody and anti-government protests had erupted in 48 provinces across the country, including Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Eskisehir, Izmir and Konya. By June 1, 2013 more than 1,700 people had been detained.
How could a small, community “sit-in” at a local park explode into some of the worst nationwide civil unrest experienced in Turkey in recent history? Did the protesters have some help?
It seems they did. On May 23, 2013 in an online meeting between Bill McKibben, the founder of the ultra-radical 350.org and Greenpeace, the relationship between the two groups was amazingly revealed to the world. Besides the admission of collusion, the most astonishing revelation was the effort by 350.org and Greenpeace to coordinate global protests and train about 500 activists from 135 countries in Istanbul, Turkey. The trainees were drawn from 5,000 applicants for 10 days of full blown Direct Activist training. The aim of the training was to develop global crack teams to engage in Direct Action anywhere, anytime. The game changer of this new strategy was the rapid blurring of group boundaries to execute a common goal.
Are we seeing the same blurring of the lines on Margarita Island? Did the choice of Margarita Island for what turned into a glaring slap-in-the-face to the conference’s sponsor have anything to do with the welcoming atmosphere for terrorists and fringe political groups?
At this point we cannot say for sure. What we can say for sure, though, is that the lines among and between radical groups, be they environmentalists, communists, or terrorists, are fading rapidly into oblivion.