Wednesday, January 23, 2008

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.

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