Bernie Sanders on TerrorismSanders blames the environmental crisis of climate change for the rise of Islamic terror.
JOHN DICKERSON: “Joining us now from Des Moine is Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders, I want to ask you, pick up right where we left off last night. You mentioned that climate change in fact is related to terrorism. Can you talk a little bit more about that?”
BERNIE SANDERS: “Well that's not only my observation, John. That is what the CIA and the Department of Defense tells us, and the reason is pretty obvious: If we are going to see an increase in drought, flood, and extreme weather disturbances as a result of climate change, what that means is that peoples all over the world are gonna be fighting over limited natural resources. If there is not enough water, if there is not enough land to grow your crops, then you're gonna see migrations of people fighting over land that will sustain them, and that will lead to international conflict. So I think when we talk about all of the possible ravages of climate change, which to my mind is just a huge planetary crisis, increased international conflict is one of the issues that we have got to appreciate will happen.”
DICKERSON: “But how does drought connect with attacks by ISIS in the middle of Paris?”
SANDERS: “Well, what happens, say in Syria for example, and there are some who have thought about this, is that when you have drought, when people can't grow their crops, they're gonna migrate into cities. And when people migrate into cities, and they don't have jobs, there's gonnabe a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment, and people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al Qaeda and ISIS are using right now. So where you have discontent, where you have instability, that's where problems arise. And certainly, without a doubt, climate change will lead to that.”
15 November, 2015: Sanders is interviewed by CBS journalist John Dickerson