We’ve just celebrated another “Earth Day,” an annual event requiring the political class to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the environment from humanity. On the surface, it’s a public exercise promoting conservation but its origins and legacy have a much darker past with an even darker future.
The early 1960s produced several tomes on the impending doom facing humanity. The Club of Rome promoted Malthusian theory regarding overpopulation and scarcity, predicting famine, war, and disease on a biblical scale if the harshest of measures weren’t imposed upon humanity.
In 1968, Paul Ehrlich, an ecology professor from Stanford University, published The Population Bomb, which postulated that mass starvation was soon to devastate the earth along with destabilization of civilization. His solution was to impose totalitarian global population control, with the emphasis being upon the burgeoning populations of the less developed countries populated by brown-skinned people with high birth rates. The Club of Rome pounced upon this theme in 1974 with its pronouncement that, “The world has cancer and the cancer is man” (Mankind at the Turning Point, 1974).
The year 1970 saw the birth of the modern environmental movement and in the United States, the Nixon administration initiated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One of its first actions was to promote the global ban of the pesticide DDT, which literally destroyed the progress made in the world toward control and near eradication of malaria as a debilitating and fatal disease. This action alone resulted in the deaths of millions of children and continues to kill the poor and undernourished globally by the millions. Rachel Carson told us DDT was destroying the environment in her book Silent Spring, predicting a spring without our feathered friends, a result of DDT softening the shells of bird eggs.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) took strong exception to Carson’s tome but the media won the day; DDT was banned despite all of the evidence and testimony of distinguished scientists to the contrary. It’s reported that Nixon’s EPA director, William Ruckelhaus, didn’t even read the NAS report refuting the critics of DDT; his decision was made on purely political motives to assist the Nixon administration in polls leading up to the 1972 presidential election.
The most insidious policies however were the population control measures forcibly implemented across the globe, policies initiated by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), funded in large part by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) via the U.S. Department of State. A classified document (leaked in the 1990s) prepared under the aegis of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, National Security Study Memorandum 200 titled “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests,” (also known as “The Kissinger Report”) put forth the strategy followed for the next half century to forcibly curtail global population in the Third World.
In the name of population control and largely paid for by U.S. taxpayers, the UNFPA instituted a brutally efficient program directed at the world’s poorest and most defenseless groups of people using forced sterilization of millions of women, forced abortions, literally up to the moment of birth (and after), and the mandatory implantation of contraceptive devices such as IUDs on peasant women in India, China, Indonesia, Peru, and Africa, to name but a few of the 13 priority targeted nations.
Military and police forces used brute force to apprehend unwilling women from “lower classes” such as the “untouchables of India” and indigenous native populations of Peru for forced sterilization and abortions. IUDs banned in the United States as being defective were distributed en masse to Third World countries.
Communist China enthusiastically adopted the UNFPA doctrine and initiated its infamous “one child policy” using typical brutal totalitarian methods. A Chinese general headed the program with military efficiency, using such barbaric tactics as to give USAID Public Information Officers pause. There were no exceptions to the one-child policy for decades, resulting in deliberate mass starvation and denial of care for female children among village populations, a result of Chinese cultural preference for male children. China recently abandoned the one-child policy, facing societal dislocation with 200 million surplus males to females. India, which adopted similarly harsh population control policies against their “untouchables,” has a male surplus of 37 million. The disruption to Chinese society is severe as was predicted by Liang Zhongtang, a Marxist educator opposed to the policy. He predicted that the policy would require each couple to eventually support seven persons and they’d have no relatives to assist their generation in old age.
In Africa, the UNFPA policy has overwhelmed medical facilities, assisted by corrupt government agents willing to unquestionably accept UNFPA funds. Across swaths of Africa antibiotics and sterilization equipment has been replaced by mountains of contraceptives and devices, leading to medical catastrophes in rural areas. The widespread use of unsterilized hypodermic needles used for popular contraceptives requiring injections at intervals has led to the explosion of AIDs across Africa. It’s estimated that 100 million such devices, unsterilized, in untrained hands, were distributed in our name using our dollars at the behest of saving the planet from mankind. Excuse me if I don’t celebrate this holocaust.
Al Fonzi is an Army lieutenant colonel of military intelligence who had a 35-year military career, serving in both the Vietnam and Iraq wars. Send comments through the editor at email@example.com.
-- Al Fonzi - Atascadero