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Moral Equivalence Gone Very, Very Wrong

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Pushing for a powerful climate deal, President Barack Obama called the global talks opening Monday outside Paris an “act of defiance” against terrorism that proves the world stands undeterred by Islamic State-linked attacks in Europe and beyond.

Obama used his speech to more than 150 world leaders to salute Paris and its people for “insisting this crucial conference go on” just two weeks after attacks that killed 130 in the French capital. He said leaders had converged to show resolve to fight terrorism and uphold their values at the same time.

“What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than martialing our best efforts to save it,” Obama said.

I am sorry, but this is just pathetic on so many levels.  The president acts as if his personal “courage” in “daring” to got to Paris after the recent attacks accomplishes something.  It’s not like the terrorists dropped a large area weapon; his personal security makes him almost completely immune from attacks like those that happened a couple of weeks ago.  No courage involved.

The president attempts to draw a moral equivalence between the vague and poorly understood notion of “climate change,” and people killing people with guns and bombs right here, today.  There simply is no comparison.  Regardless of how much a climate alarmist your may be, equating the “dangers of climate change” with the dangers of someone holding a gun to your head right now just makes you look silly.

The Paris climate change conference is Obama’s last effort to seal his legacy.  It is too late; his legacy is sealed.  The best he can do with this sort of rhetoric is add the word “silly” to it.

Addendum, a few moments later:  Maybe it will add more than “silly” to that legacy, as environmental protesters are destroying the ad hoc memorial to the victims of the Paris attack.  I am thinking “enables disrespectful jerks” at this point.


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