Black Not a Coward But Still an Addict, Hypocrite, Liar, Moral Incompetent!

RECEIVED Mon., Feb. 13, 2006

Dear Mr. Black,
    In your Feb. 10, “Page Two”: Name-Calling, Part II, you reveal your “addiction to language rather than ideas.” Your hypocrisy is paraded by “manipulation of language” as “a low-level virus infecting all public political discourse.” Your thematic accusations that conservatives perpetrate pernicious name-calling are not only a snarky deflective method used by those who cannot rationally defend their positions, but a specious lie as well.
    Moreover, your comments regarding “civil rights” are covertly racist, e.g., your implied infantilization of minorities. Your statements on racial legislation indicate a self-perception of superiority over the “other/unknown.” Frankly, your comments are below contempt.
    However, your malicious statements regarding the defeat of Saddam Hussein and the liberation of Iraq are the most destructive. The world war that was commenced by the dark forces of Islamist fascism against America and the free world on September 11, 2001, requires a robust response of truth.
    Following the mass murder and destruction of September 11, 2001, it was obvious that America was at war with the followers of Islamist fascism. The American military had to shape the battlefield to prevent the Islamist savages from turning the American homeland into a killing zone. For our forces to attack and defeat the enemy, that battlefield had to be Afghanistan and Iraq.
    The Islamists have consistently stated their goal to enslave humanity under tyrannical Islamic Sharia law and extinguish all who do not adhere to Islam. In short, we are at war for our lives and posterity. Islamist fascism must be defeated – totally. This is the legacy of September 11, 2001.
    Your problem, Mr. Black, is not just cowardice. Your larger predicament is moral incompetence. Your ignorant denial of the lethality of Islamist fascism is in essence a death sentence for civilization. Again, this is why you and your neo-leftist utopian Democratic Party must be resisted completely!
Vance McDonald
   [Louis Black responds: "Your thematic accusations that conservatives perpetrate pernicious name-calling are not only a snarky deflective method used by those who cannot rationally defend their positions, but a specious lie as well." Nicely worded! The word "infantilization" is another attempt at the "best defense is offense" strategy; I claim that hundreds of years of history has consequences that can't be ignored by rhetoric. You offer rhetoric. How, after centuries of systemic segregation and discrimination do you strive for equality? The statement that "Hussein was a mass-murdering tyrant ... collaboration with al Qaeda leadership, training of al Qaeda terrorists ..." is more than misleading. Admittedly, there are records recently uncovered that indicate a more extensive relationship between al Qaeda, its leadership, and training than has previously been known. Interestingly, the Bush administration has been very quiet on these new finds. Regardless, we certainly did not know about these when we invaded. But what about the question, "What has happened since 9/11 that the terrorists who perpetuated those acts wouldn't like?" You state, "Your ignorant denial of the lethality of Islamist fascism is in essence a death sentence for civilization." I do not in any way nor have I ever denied this lethality. The invasion of Iraq, I believe, will do more to fan the flames of terrorist activity than quell them. It was in response to half-reasoning, cooked-up evidence, and a need to show how powerful this country is. Even when adding in every preinvasion conjecture and post-invasion discovery, the case for action against Iraq is by no means overwhelming. What if fighting in Iraq is not confronting international Islamic terrorism? By definition, that lethal group is not based geographically but is ideological, and they view themselves as holy martyrs. Even if we triumph in Iraq (whatever that may mean), what if it is a Pyrrhic victory intensifying anti-Western passions around the world? And if the invasion is as misguided as many of us fear, then this country could be feeding and empowering the monster threatening us rather than disabling or destroying it. For the most part I am calling neither you, Republicans, nor those who support the war names ("Your ignorant denial of the lethality of Islamist fascism is in essence a death sentence for civilization. Again, this is why you and your neo-leftist utopian Democratic Party must be resisted completely!"). I respect that many believe invading Iraq was a legitimate and necessary response to 9/11. I'm not talking pacifism here, turn the other cheek, or embrace the enemy, just what if you are wrong? But come on, you obviously know "the truth," everything is going your way. We have invaded. The world will be saved. If your points have merit, you should be pleased. But if things are really going poorly, well then the pro-invasion camp, rather than reassessing their positions or re-examing assumptions, has already started blaming Democrats and those opposed to the war for everything wrong. This is more sad than anything else and easily more dangerous to this country than the Islamic threat. What wouldn't the 9/11 19 love about the rhetoric and vitriol addressed at, trying to blame, shut up, and disenfranchise fellow Americans?]
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