The green dic­ta­tor­ship

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The Copen­hagen sum­mit sur­ren­dered all pre­tense to sig­nif­i­cance when it turned into a show­case for dic­ta­tors’ at­tempts to green­wash their bloody regimes. Grant­ing the spot­light to the tyran­ni­cal trio of Zim­bab­wean Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe, Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ah­madine­jad and Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Hugo Chavez so they could ex­press their pro­found con­cern for Mother Earth is like ask­ing for­mer New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his pros­ti­tute Ashley Dupre to pro­pound upon the state of mar­riage.

Mr. Mu­gabe used the op­por­tu­nity to blame global warm­ing for the deaths of mil­lions of his sub­jects. No doubt his coun­try turned from food ex­porter to famine be­cause of coal elec­tric plants in Idaho. Of course, driv­ing thou­sands of farm­ers from their land, re­ject­ing mod­ern farm­ing meth­ods, con­fis­cat­ing his peo­ple’s wealth and turn­ing his na­tion into a po­lice state have lit­tle to do with Zim­bab­wean poverty.

“When we spew haz­ardous emis­sions for selfish, con­sump­tion­ist ends, in the process threat­en­ing land masses and at­mo­spheric space of smaller and weaker na­tions, are we not guilty of gross hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions?” Mr. Mu­gabe asked. In case you didn’t rec­og­nize him, that’s the good dic­ta­tor, the cam­paigner for hu­man rights and pol­lu­tion con­trol.

In Mr. Ah­madine­jad’s case, he un­sur­pris­ingly pushed an agenda of spread­ing nu­clear tech­nol­ogy to all na­tions. In a slight over­sight, the mis­un­der­stood Ira­nian pres­i­dent failed to men­tion his des­per­ate hurry to cre­ate a nu­clear arse­nal. No mat­ter, the good Mr. Ah­madine­jad is about sav­ing the en­vi­ron­ment with a pro­found com­mit­ment to dis­ar­ma­ment. “Would it not be bet­ter that part of the mil­i­tary funds of some coun­tries be ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the wel­fare of peo- ple and re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion?” pleaded the green Ira­nian dic­ta­tor.

That’s rather an ironic color choice, as Mr. Ah­madine­jad re­cently stole elec­tions from an op­po­si­tion party us­ing green as its sig­na­ture cam­paign color.

Not to be left out is Mr. Chavez as rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a na­tion fever­ishly arm­ing for war with its neigh­bors, na­tion­al­iz­ing whole in­dus­tries and si­lenc­ing the op­po­si­tion press. He be­lieves, “The cause of all this dis­as­trous sit­u­a­tion is the de­struc­tive cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem. [. . .] Cap­i­tal­ism is the road to hell.” No doubt the tanks Mr. Chavez is buy­ing from Rus­sia will come with ef­fi­cient hy­brid en­gines and will be used only to de­mand that neigh­bor­ing coun­tries tighten fuel-ef­fi­ciency stan­dards. Those TV sta­tions he shut down must have re­fused to use clean and re­spon­si­ble so­lar en­ergy.

Such deep con­cern for West­ern capi- tal­ism, con­sumerism and mil­i­tarism didn’t keep the dic­ta­tors from join­ing other less de­vel­oped na­tions with their hand out for a $100 bil­lion bribe to be fi­nanced by that aw­ful cap­i­tal­ism. But th­ese green dic­ta­tors have more in com­mon than a de­sire for hand­outs. Iran and Venezuela, in par­tic­u­lar, fi­nance their op­pres­sive gov­ern­ments with the ex­port of oil. Now what was it that causes car­bon emis­sions again? Fos­sil fu­els, was it?

To call the eco-friendly pos­tur­ing of Third World dic­ta­tors a farce is to un­der­state the scan­dal. That the au­di­ence greeted such self-serv­ing in­san­ity with ap­plause and that Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton and Pres­i­dent Obama sanc­ti­fied the gath­er­ing with their pres­ence ex­poses a dark side to the green agenda. Global-warm­ing the­ol­ogy is not just a fraud; it at­tacks free­dom and en­cour­ages dic­ta­tor­ship.

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