Climate warrior Greta Thunberg flew into overdrive this week, denouncing massive polluter China ahead of the Biden-Xi summit in San Francisco.
Just kidding: In fact, she went after Israel.
“We have to listen to the voices of those who are being oppressed and those who are fighting for freedom and for justice,” she blathered on stage in Amsterdam after having invited a Palestinian woman up to stand next to her.
And: “There can be no climate justice without international solidarity.”
This isn’t her first such foray, either.
Two weeks after the Oct. 7 Hamas atrocities, Thunberg was front and center declaring “The world needs to speak up and call for an immediate ceasefire, justice and freedom for Palestinians.”
Aside from the ugly moral tone-deafness her words display, there’s a couple of big, troubling questions at their heart.
First: Why is a neuroatypical teen deemed to have such vast moral authority in the first place?
It’s certainly not her ideas.
Thunberg’s plainly repeating the propaganda she’s been surrounded with by her euro-lefty parents.
And it’s not moral clarity either.
What does backing Hamas have to do with saving the planet?
If anything, given Israel’s intense, high-tech stewardship of its own land and water — a huge chunk of its water supply is derived from reclaimed waste and desalination; its per-capita carbon emissions have plunged over the past decade — you’d think Thunberg would be backing the Jewish state.
The answer, of course, is that for the left, you really can’t support lowering CO2 emissions without also siding with a murderous Islamist terror cadre.
Heresy on one is indistinguishable from heresy on the other.
It’s why, again and again, the responses of leftists are so damn predictable and unitary.
Scratch a climate nut and a Hamas-lover bleeds (or a proponent of gender extremism, or a “math is racist” loon).
For Thunberg, the (self-evidently false) statement that climate progress is impossible without “international solidarity” is a matter of ineluctable, inarguable truth.
Credit where it’s due: One audience member was put off enough by Thunberg’s move that he jumped on stage to protest her.
And Germany’s Green party scolded her, too.
As long as the larger left follows this truly authoritarian line, the poison at its heart will continue to infect global political discourse.
Time for Greta — and all her like-minded compatriots and enabling parents — to get that dissent is not a crime.