We used to think of weather as an Act of God, and of terrible storms or droughts as a sign that a nation’s rulers had sinned, lost the “Mandate of Heaven,” were suffering divine punishment, and ought to be replaced.

Iran, unwilling to acknowledge God’s hand behind its current punishing drought, is blaming someone else – Israel.

The Jewish State, said Iran’s Civil Defense chief Brigadier General Gholam Ridha Jalali days ago, has been using cloud seeding or other technologies to steal Iran’s rain and snow.

Seven years ago former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad likewise claimed that “European countries used special equipment to force clouds to dump” their moisture before reaching Iran.

General Jalali claimed to have scientific evidence showing snowfall above 7,000 feet elevation on mountains from Afghanistan to the Mediterranean – except in Iran. But even the head of Iran’s meteorological service, Ahad Vazife, scoffed that it is not possible for a country to steal snow or clouds.

Nations including China, Russia and the United States have invested in weather modification technologies, and this raises serious questions about whether weather can be blamed on governments, not God.

International law sets clear standards if one nation takes more than its share of water from a river shared by other countries downstream. But long-established natural patterns and wind currents also create “rivers in the sky” that routinely bring rain and snow.

In recent decades, Idaho threatened to sue the state of Washington, claiming that Washington cloud seeding was rustling Idaho’s rain.

The United States was accused of using ENMOD, Environmental Modification Warfare technologies, to cause devastating floods in North Vietnam.

America’s Project Stormfury, which experimented with cloud seeding to steer or weaken hurricanes, was accused by Cuba and several Central American nations of causing flooding or drought.

When weather becomes an act not of God but of governments or corporations, does harmful weather justify lawsuits or even war?

One problem with “modified” weather is that no such thing as universally “good” weather exists. You want a sunny day for a picnic. The farmer nearby wants a rainy day for his crops.

Coors Beer was criticized for cloud seeding above a Colorado valley to help its hop farmers. Potato farmers there could be harmed by perfect hop weather.

Weather and climate (a 30-year averaging of weather) is a precious resource that determines what it costs to survive and grow food in a country. That cost can soar if weather and climate run to wild extremes of hot or cold, wet or dry. Some states now enforce government ownership over rainwater that falls on your roof.

Those who claim the Earth’s climate is warming point to vast potential harm and responsibility. As Craig R. Smith and I document in our recent book “Money, Morality & The Machine,” one of the heads of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Dr. Ottmar Endenhofer, has acknowledged the politics behind global warming.

“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Endenhofer. “One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore. …”

The real agenda, said UN climate policy chief Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat, is “to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the industrial revolution.”

The economic system the U.N. aims to “change” through climate policy is free market capitalism. Its intended replacement is global collectivist socialist government.

This is why global warming zealots are called “watermelons” – green outside but red inside. Their goal is to make the United States and other capitalist nations pay at least $100 trillion, and to bring all private property and capitalist free enterprise under authoritarian global government control.

Their original scam was to impose massive controls quickly, then claim credit for saving the world when no global warming occurred. But their power grab was delayed, and little global warming has happened during the past 20 years.

Warming scientists, meanwhile, have repeatedly been caught faking their data to “hide the decline” actually measured in global temperatures. Yet these politicized “scientists” have not been fired or discredited for their dishonesty and corruption. But their great deception has failed.

Is Israel or God or global warming behind Iran’s drought? Honest scientists admit that they do not know. Recurring cycles of drought in the Middle East and U.S. Midwest are driven by complexities we do not yet understand. Last winter it snowed in the Sahara Desert.

Lowell Ponte is a former Reader’s Digest roving science editor and author of the best-selling climate book “The Cooling.” His new book “Money, Morality & the Machine” reveals how bad money drives good morals out of society and how you can protect your family from the future of “Star Trekonomics.” For a free, postpaid copy, call toll-free 800-630-1492

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