Turner: Iraqi Insurgents 'Patriots,' Warming Inaction: Cannibalism
By Media Research Center
April 2, 2008
Interviewed Tuesday for Charlie Rose's PBS show, CNN founder Ted Turner argued that inaction on global warming "will be catastrophic" and those who don't die "will be cannibals." He also applied moral equivalence in describing Iraqi insurgents as "patriots" who simply "don't like us because we've invaded their country" and so "if the Iraqis were in Washington, D.C., we'd be doing the same thing." On not taking drastic action to correct global warming: "Not doing it will be catastrophic. We'll be eight degrees hottest in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals."
Turner ridiculed the need for a big U.S. military, insisting "China just wants to sell us shoes. They're not building landing craft to attack the United States," and "even with our $500 billion military budget, we can't win in Iraq. We're being beaten by insurgents who don't even have any tanks." After Rose pointed out the Iraqi insurgents "have a lot of roadside bombs that kill a lot of Americans" and wondered "where do you think they come from?", Turner answered:
[This item, by the MRC's Brent Baker, was posted Tuesday night, with audio and video, on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]
At some point Wednesday, video of the interview should be added to this page on the Charlie Rose Web site: www.charlierose.com
Turner's description of the Iraqi insurgents and terrorists who want to crush any freedom in Iraq as "patriots" is reminiscent of how NBC's Matt Lauer saw them back in 2004. The Wednesday, November 10, 2004 MRC CyberAlert article, "Lauer Equates George Washington's Rag Tag Army to Iraqi Insurgents," recounted:
In a Tuesday Today segment with Lynne Cheney about her children's book on George Washington crossing the Delaware River, Matt Lauer referred to how Washington led "a rag-tag group, not well-fed, not well-clothed, completely under-equipped as compared to this great British army," and pivoted to Iraq: "Let me ask you to think about what is going on in Iraq today where the insurgents not well equipped, smaller in numbers, the greatest army in the world is their opposition. What's, what's the lesson?" Lauer argued that "the insurgents believe they're fighting for a cause as well. They don't believe any less than we believe." Cheney scolded him: "You're being awfully relativistic here. I mean, the insurgents are killing Iraqis by the hundreds, Iraqis by the thousands. It's not as though this is a matter between just 'on the one hand on the other hand.' We are on the side of freedom."
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A couple of excerpts from Turner on the Tuesday, April 1 Charlie Rose on PBS, all apparently not April Fool's comments but what he really believes:
On what will happen if global warming is not addressed immediately:
TED TURNER: Not doing it will be catastrophic. We'll be eight degrees hottest in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals. Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state -- like Somalia or Sudan -- and living conditions will be intolerable. The droughts will be so bad there'll be no more corn grown. Not doing it is suicide. Just like dropping bombs on each other, nuclear weapons is suicide. We've got to stop doing the suicidal two things, which are hanging on to our nuclear weapons and after that we've got to stabilize the population. When I was born-
On what he told the UN in a speech Tuesday:
TED TURNER: I also said war doesn't make any sense anymore. And we need to cut the military budgets back.
Previous MRC/CyberAlert posts about Turner's far-out views:
# October 16, 2007, "Turner: FNC to Blame for Iraq, U.S. Nukes Worse Than Iran Nukes." See: www.mediaresearch.org
# September 27, 2007, "Turner: Chance Humanity Will Survive Impaired by Bush's 'Bombing.'" Go to: www.mediaresearch.org
# September 22, 2006, "Turner Takes Credit for Ending Cold War, Spouts Other Silliness." See: www.mediaresearch.org
# September 20, 2005 MRC CyberAlert, "To Blitzer's Amazement, Turner Defends Jong, Treatment of People." Go to: www.mediaresearch.org
That won the "Quote of the Year" at the MRC's 2006 "DisHonors Awards" for this silliness:
Ted Turner: "I am absolutely convinced that the North Koreans are absolutely sincere. There's really no reason for them to cheat [on nukes]....I looked them right in the eyes. And they looked like they meant the truth. I mean, you know, just because somebody's done something wrong in the past doesn't mean they can't do right in the future or the present. That happens all the, all the time."
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