(CNSNews.com) – Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in an appearance on “Your World With Neil Cavuto” on Tuesday, disputed the president’s assertion that climate change is linked to terrorism, noting that many of the terrorists are middle class or rich, so it’s not the result of desperation.
“The terrorism that we’re dealing with is not emerging from desperation. Many of these people are middle class or rich people who are involved in the terrorism. This is an ideologically or religiously based – and I would say certainly a misinterpretation of the religion and a, or if you want to call it a hijacking of the religion – but the religion has been turned into an ideology. It’s like saying communism was caused by climate change,” he said.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, in opening remarks at the climate change summit in Paris this week, President Barack Obama tied terrorism to climate change, saying, “What greater rejection of those who would tear down our world than marshaling our best efforts to serve it?” Last week, the president said, “What a powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children.”
This is not the first time the president has tried to connect climate change to terrorism. In May, Obama linked climate change to the terrorist group Boko Haram, saying, “what we also know is that severe drought helped to create the instability in Nigeria that was exploited by the terrorist group Boko Haram.”
“The president’s wrong in linking somehow by fixing climate change if he’s gonna fix it, he’s gonna fix terrorism. That’s absurd. There’s no connection between the two things. Where it’s like two different things. It’s like saying I’m gonna fix terrorism by curing cancer,” Giuliani told Cavuto on Tuesday.
“His argument – and help me with this mayor – is that it’s going to deplete natural resources, dry areas that are gonna be immune after irrigation, make desperate areas even more desperate, desperate populations more desperate. You say what?” Cavuto asked.
“The terrorism that we’re dealing with is not emerging from desperation. Many of these people are middle class or rich people who are involved in the terrorism. This is an ideologically or religiously based – and I would say certainly a misinterpretation of the religion and a, or if you want to call it a hijacking of the religion – but the religion has been turned into an ideology,” Giuliani said. “It’s like saying communism was caused by climate change.
“These are ideas that people have, and the ideas don’t come from the fact that it’s cold out or warm out, they’re starving or not starving. The idea is that there should be a caliphate, that we all should be Muslim or we should submit to the Muslim-- we should all convert or we should pay tribute to the one true God,” he said.
“This is a belief system, and it’s been an interpretation of both the Koran and the Hadith, now for 1400, 1500 years, and many, many Muslims, the vast majority of Muslims reject it,” Giuliani added.
“I was the person the evening of Sept. 11 who said don’t get angry at all at Muslims, and I said don’t use group blame. Group blame is what is getting us in this problem, but you can’t ignore the fact that this emerges from certain texts in the religion that are interpreted in that way,” he said.