Dear Editor, In Bill Jackson’s commentary on my "Postmarks" piece [Aug. 11], he condemns the U.S. for going "into a war under false pretenses against a sovereign country [Iraq] that had nothing to do with the attack [September 11th] against us." If Jackson had been in charge during World War II, America and its allies would have been defeated. Applying Jackson’s position would have condemned America as unjustified in attacking Germany. After all, the Japanese attacked the U.S. on Dec. 7, 1941, not the Germans. But, thankfully, a Jackson doctrine was not in place, so the U.S. correctly profiled the Nazis as genocidal and destroyed them. Without that resolve, the Nazis would have defeated the U.S and the free world. All Jews, anti-Nazis, and freedom advocates would have been exterminated. Genocide and SS tyranny would have been worldwide. The "Greatest Generation" understood the danger. They stood up to defeat the Nazi fascist enemy. Not so with Mr. Jackson. He would have appeased the Nazis and been eaten last. And he continues accordingly, revealing his intellectual and moral incoherence by shrinking from the Islamist fascist threat. Mr. Jackson does not have the courage to accept that Hussein was allied with al Qaeda’s Islamist fascist goal of world conquest and Sharia tyranny. He is intellectually blind to the reality that Hussein’s despotic terrorist regime was a strategic partner with al Qaeda and had to be destroyed. Whether Hussein’s dictatorship was a direct participant in the September 11th war crime is irrelevant. The Islamist fascists, e.g., al Qaeda, Iranian theocrats and their sycophantic forces are as genocidal as the Nazis. They are going to annihilate America and condemn humanity to Stone Age serfdom unless we defeat them. So please, Mr. Jackson, learn from history and stand up.
[Louis Black replies: This is not just intellectually dishonest and sophomoric but pathetic. Vance, now pay attention here - Japan and Germany were allies. Al Qaeda and Iraq were not (except in your fevered imagination). That's a major difference. Your whole point is wrong and baseless.]