The causes that are highlighted by our Left-dominated media and made the target of outraged denunciations and agitation by Leftists generally today are remarkable for their selectivity. There seems at first to be no rhyme or reason in what a Leftist will express outrage about.
For instance, Leftists in most of the developed world constantly agonize about the “harsh” treatment that their governments mete out to illegal immigrants, no matter how lenient such treatment actually is. One gets the impression that only complete abandonment of border controls would satisfy Leftists.
The Australian government, for instance, has had great success in deterring illegal immigrants by sending most of them straight to special prisons when they arrive. So Australian Leftists long mounted huge demonstrations against this policy even though the policy had huge support in the Australian community generally, even though the illegals concerned were treated humanely and even though the illegals were probably better housed and fed in their special prisons than they ever were in their homelands. There was also great agony expressed about the “damage” this policy will do to Australia’s international reputation and “experts” were wheeled out to condemn the conditions under which the illegals are housed.
One would think, therefore, that if humane imprisonment of lawbreakers evokes such outrage, mass murder of innocents would induce utter paroxysms of Leftist agitation. And there are plenty of examples of mass murder going on all the time in the world: The incessant massacres of Muslims in India by Hindu fundamentalists and the constant massacres of Christians in the Sudan by Muslim fundamentalists, for instance. So what do we hear from Leftists about these really grave examples of human suffering? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Why? Why are Leftists so amazingly selective in their outrage? Why the hypocritical concern about minor examples of human suffering while they ignore really major examples of human suffering? The answer is obvious.
Leftists are not concerned about human suffering at all. What they seek is to star in a drama where they can play David to someone else’s Goliath.
As with globalization, they want to oppose the consensus. They want to demonstrate in favour of unpopular causes, not causes that would be greeted by the population at large as worthy but too routine or distant to bother about. They are only “compasssionate” about causes that will give them the maximum ego-boost, causes that they believe will enable them to promote their fantasy view of themselves as as kinder and wiser and more caring than the population at large.
Selective Tree hugger Outrage
And if the targets that the Left choose for their outrage seem arbitrary and inconsistent, the selectivity of their “Green” allies is even more amazing. In Australia, for instance, Greenpeace has mounted a sustained campaign to shut down Australia’s only refinery for producing motor fuel from shale. They run around in their beloved rubber boats doing all sorts of obstructive things and intimidate any company that tries to supply motorists using the refinery’s product. Australia’s conservative government has had to introduce special concessionary regulations to keep the refinery company afloat, so severe has been the ECO-Whacko pressure on it.
Given the constant ECO-Whacko scares about how we are likely to run out of petroleum products in double quick time if we do not mend our evil ways, one might naively expect that they would rejoice at a beginning being made on unlocking the vast reserves of hydrocarbons locked up in shale. Shale is ubiquitous and could potentially supply all our needs for petroleum products for at least hundreds of years. That ECO-Whackos do exactly the opposite and attack shale usage makes clear how much they really hate ordinary people. ECO-Whacko extremists WANT people to be hurt by resource shortages so they frantically oppose anything that will make more resources available.
They justify their attacks on the shale refinery by claiming that is a heavy polluter — which it apparently was to some degree in its startup stages — but now that its pollution levels have been reduced to levels normal for the oil industry the Greenie extremists are in no way mollified.
And the pollution produced in Australia by this one refinery is of course absolutely minuscule compared to sources of atmospheric pollution elsewhere in the world. The now well-known “Asian brown cloud”, for instance, is studiously ignored by Greenies — even though it is a considerable threat to the respiratory health of more than a billion (Yes. Billion, not million) people. This brown haze that constantly lies over India and its neighbours seems mainly to be produced by the Indian practice of using wood fires to cremate their dead and cow dung to fuel cooking fires. It is produced, in fact, by exactly the sort of traditional “sustainable” low-technology village lifestyle that the Greenies are constantly advocating for us all.
The sad fact for Greenies, of course, is that village Indians will only be able to move to less polluting practices as they modernize and move to the more efficient and clean-burning forms of cooking and combustion that are common in the developed world. But spending time advocating that Indians do more to modernize would not at all assuage the hunger for drama and self-advertisement that seems to motivate Greenie activists. They have the same motivations as Leftists so it no wonder that there are so many Red/Green alliances.
The bottom line is simple. ECO-Whacko are selective terrorists. just ask the FBI.