Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Warming fear will hurt Africa

By: BOB KOWELL - Commentary
Seldom, if ever, has a former or present ambassador of the United States come to our area, the Temecula Valley. Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming Republican event at Pat & Oscar's in Temecula.
The event is meant to shed light on genocide in Africa as well as other places in the world.
Prosper was U.S. ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues under President George W. Bush and served as a war crimes prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He successfully prosecuted Jean-Paul Akayesu for his involvement in the Rwandan massacre of the early 1990s.
This was the first case of genocide since the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was enacted. Prosper also won additional life-sentence convictions for other crimes against humanity and was able to convince the court to recognize rape committed in time of conflict as an act of genocide and a crime against humanity.
A person like Prosper is uncommon. He, like others in history, has risen to the occasion. They help those who have no means of protecting themselves from those who would slaughter them. In places like Rwanda, Sudan, Zimbabwe and Uganda, it takes everything for a human being just to survive through the day.
That is why the Murrieta/Temecula Republican Assembly ( is hosting an event that focuses on the disaster that is happening in Africa.
It was the Republicans whose founding purpose of freeing the slaves caused the Civil War and it's the Republicans, America's first civil rights party, who still carry the banner of freedom both here in America and around the world.
It was the Democratic Party that promoted slavery in 1860 and still promotes slavery to this day by its inaction, over-regulation, multiculturalism and taxation. A historical case in point about the differences in what the parties believe is that 82 percent of Republicans in the Senate voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, while only 64 percent of Democrats did.
The Democratic left is so misguided that its latest fear-baiting about "global warming" (still unproven that man causes a dramatic effect on climate) will only result in disregarding the poor in places such as Africa. Limiting carbon dioxide emissions at this time can only cause sprouting economies to fail, which will take the people that need help the most with them.
Some of the left are so arrogant that they don't want the poor of the world to progress into the modern age. They think that the poor are better living in poverty. These elitists of "progressive" thinking also support tyrannical governments such as the Palestinian Authority and even other more hideous governments over free nations like Israel.
When the ambassador comes, we also will be screening parts of the "Invisible Children" documentary about the plight of young children being forced into a rebel army in Uganda.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. April 6. RSVP with Adele at (951) 506-1999.
-- Bob Kowell of Murrieta is president of the Murrieta/Temecula Republican Assembly.

Islamofascism, not warming, the enemy

Recently, Al Gore stated that the Iraq war was "the worst strategic mistake in the entire history of the United States" and "worse than a civil war."
These statements suggest that our Civil War was also a strategic blunder. Do his statements mean that freeing Southern black slaves was wrong and that trying to free the people of Iraq from a tyrant was wrong, as well?
Iraq was more of a threat to world peace than the Southern states. Even though the South attacked Fort Sumter first, they thought the North would just fold and sign a peace treaty. This would have left blacks in the South in slavery.
Most, if not all, Muslim countries harbor one brand of terrorists or another. They all, however, have one objective that both liberals and conservatives in America can agree upon: These terrorists want to destroy Western civilization.
In Iraq, Saddam Hussein hid terrorists in his country and, at a minimum, had all the precursor chemicals in stock to make chemical and biological weapons needed to kill millions of people. Most likely, his weapons were moved to Syria, as former Iraqi General Georges Sada wrote in his book, "Saddam's Secrets."
Gore is not thinking right in his statements. He's letting his anger over losing the 2000 election speak on his behalf; he has no vision or fortitude; he has spent too many days basking in the hot "global warming" sun and/or he is outrageously delusional.
If Gore had been elected president in 2000, we probably would not have fought in Afghanistan. We'd be running from our most significant problem, instead of facing it.
His issue of global warming is speculation; oil will be depleted before it could, if it ever was going to be, become a significant problem. For all of you who didn't know, we will be moving to alternative energy under the Republicans' energy plan passed a few years ago.
We can't just keep appeasing bullies and finding new programs that prop up our false talking points that keep us from facing the No. 1 enemy of humanity. That enemy is now referred to as "Islamofascism." We must face it fully as we did against the European fascists 65 years ago.
Appeasement will not work against these people. If we do not face them, we will be dead in the not-too-distant future, or we'll wish we were dead when we are forced to convert to a religion that is not of our choosing.
All this will happen much sooner than any global warming scenario. All our resources should be turned into our preparation to meet this challenge. If not, we don't have to worry about global warming, the border issue, roads, the gravel pit in Temecula, or anything else.
We are cooked if we don't answer the call. President Bush will be found right on Iraq as Lincoln was found right on the Civil War. We need to get it right, as well.
-- Bob Kowell of Murrieta is president of the Murrieta/Temecula Republican Assembly.

Honk for America

Every week we counter the anti-war activists who congregate on Fridays at the United Church in Murrieta. Most weeks it's the same; we get more support by the number of honks than they get.

You know, when we say "Honk for Victory in Iraq," people ask us what victory means. Victory means starting the process of peace in a region of the world run by dictators. Victory means allowing the same chance for democracy for the average Iraqi that we have here. Victory is always a process, as it has been in every just war. The Civil War didn't end when the slaves were freed. The surge in Iraq is working but it will take time. There is no choice but victory.

I think the "peace" people are a prejudiced people. They are intolerant of opinions, lifestyles, or identities differing from their own. They don't seem to care about the poor Iraqi or the poor Vietnamese they left behind in the 70s to die or be enslaved under communism. The Jews in Israel are another people that don't seem to concern the liberal left.

Surrounded by millions who want to kill them, Israelis have dealt fairly with the people who have vowed to kill them.

To support my feelings on this matter, come hear the facts on Israel, America, Syria, Iran, et al., from retired Israeli Gen. Shimon Erem (one of the founders of Israel) at the Nov 2 meeting of the Murrieta/Temecula Republican Assembly ( at Pat & Oscar's restaurant.

Bob Kowell