In 1933, Syria banned yo-yos. No, not the kind of yo-yos we have pretending to be our elected representatives. I mean the toy. They banned them, because they believed they were the cause of a drought the country was experiencing. Here’s an old newspaper clipping from January of that year, published in The Barrier Miner, an English newspaper:
“BEIRUT (Syria), January 21. Drought and severe cold is disastrously affecting the cattle in Syria, and the Moslem chiefs at Damascus have attributed the wrath of the heavens to the recent introduction of the yo-yo. They say that while the people are praying for rain to come down from above the yo-yo goes down, and before reaching the ground springs up through the subtle pull of the string. The chiefs interviewed the Prime Minister, and exposed the evil influence of yo-yos, so they were immediately banned. To-day the police paraded the streets and confiscated the yo-yos from everyone they saw playing with them.”
Your guess is as good as mine. Their explanation of how the yo-yo had anything to do with a drought was about as clear as mud. Maybe the journalist reporting the story was biased.
Well, now we know better. How silly to think that a child’s plaything would cause a drought. The real reason not only for the current Syria drought, but also for the current conflict in Syria is none other than global warming.
William Polk is a former State Department advisor. He said that “climate change” is one of the main contributing factors to Syria’s drought, which has led to its current conflict:
“Syria has been convulsed by civil war since climate change came to Syria with a vengeance. Drought devastated the country from 2006 to 2011. Rainfall in most of the country fell below eight inches (20 cm) a year, the absolute minimum needed to sustain un-irrigated farming. Desperate for water, farmers began to tap aquifers with tens of thousands of new well. But, as they did, the water table quickly dropped to a level below which their pumps could lift it.”
It didn’t take long for the warming alarmists to connect the dots and blame the United States for causing the drought in Syria and by extension the current conflict. All because our “carbon footprint” is so big:
“So this is our mess too. We’re still cranking away at the carbon pump, and no nation is as culpable as the United States—and as long as we do, we’ll be at least in some small part, responsible for the starving, rioting masses all the way across the globe. If we’re so dead set on intervention, maybe we should be focusing less on missiles and more on clean energy.”
If only we had a carbon tax, then we’d have world peace.