My friend Dr. Jack Alpert, a Stanford University graduate and the director at www.Skil.org out of Shawnee, Kansas, projects specific societal breakdown for dozens of countries around the world.
Once countries run out of the basics of water, food, arable land, energy and resources, conflict arises. Last month, the Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali, Africa, was attacked by terrorists. Not mentioned in newspaper accounts is what exponentially growing populations create – an environment where political insurgencies can thrive. Mali has 17 million people, mostly poor, and population is expected to hit 45 million within 35 years.
Dependent on foreign aid, this fourth poorest country in the world faces numerous challenges in trying to water, feed, educate, house and sustain its current population. Without dramatic change, imagine an even bleaker future for Mali as it more than doubles its population in less than four decades.
The demographic instability that helps political insurgencies thrive is happening in many places, from Syria, Iraq and Iran to other so-called developing nations. As a traveler throughout much of the Third World, let me clarify that “developing nations” is a misnomer. Politically correct economists and world leaders speak about developing nations, but in reality, their populations explode beyond carrying capacity. The multiple degradations and deprivations these countries and their people face are measured in what the United Nations calls the “Multidimensional Poverty Index.”
Two days before last month’s terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 dead and more than 350 wounded, Beirut, Lebanon – once the “Gem of the Mediterranean” – also was hit by terrorists, leaving that city with 43 dead and more than 200 wounded. What factors underlie these attacks across the world? I believe that exponentially growing, immigration-driven population based on religious zealotry plays a significant role.
Yet, despite tragedy after tragedy, one of the most avoided discussions around the world today stems from demographic acceleration without commensurate carrying capacity. Human overpopulation remains the last taboo.
Having seen overpopulation up close and ugly on my bicycle over the past four decades – and knowing that every single American will face its consequences – I am forever mystified as to why the media squashes the discussion. Hundreds of the world’s greatest minds have talked about it, including famed oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau:
“We must alert and organize the world’s people to pressure world leaders to take specific steps to solve the two root causes of our environmental crises – exploding population growth and wasteful consumption of irreplaceable resources. Over-consumption and overpopulation underlie every environmental problem we face today.”
How can it be any clearer? Yet, if you attempt to create a discussion, the Mainstream Media shuts it down.
What other countries face horrific population increases? South Sudan. Its population of 13 million is expected to reach nearly 40 million by 2050. Already struggling with severe poverty and chronic hunger, Sudanese suffer from conflict that shows no signs of abating. The population of Somalia, No. 2 on the list of the most demographically helpless, faces increases from 11 million today to 27 million by 2050. Other countries in the Top 10 include Niger, Burundi, Eritrea, Chad, Afghanistan, Yemen and Sudan.
The growth and concomitant instability creates refugees – some 18 million today. The U.S. is planning to up the number of refugees it takes in, from 85,000 in 2016 to 100,000 in 2017, with 10,000 from Syria in the next year. (Go here for an overview of recent refugees to the U.S.) This is in addition to hundreds of thousands of immigrants that come to the U.S. legally and illegally every year. Our society, as Dr. Alpert illustrates, cannot handle the numbers.
Why? No matter how many refugees and other immigrants we absorb, another 10, 20, 30 million stand in line behind them.
One of my college classmates in Boise, Idaho, asked me, “What if you were one of those Syrian refugees?”
I answered, “When I become a refugee in my own country, I won’t have any place else to run. We need to care for them in their own countries, so we can remain viable in our own country.”
For more about the worldwide state of population growth, read here.
Go here to tell Congress to remove funding to settle more refugees in the U.S. from countries that present threats from terrorism.