Published DateTo the editor,
On March 23, I read a letter in your publication from E. Scott Cracraft. In that letter he accuses former President Bush, VP Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld of being "war criminals" and equates the Iraq War with the Nazi aggression of World War II. Slanderous accusations like that need to be addressed.
Of course we can all disagree with the reasons given for invading Iraq and obviously Cracraft feels strongly about his position. Don't you think it's a bit of a stretch to equate what occurred in Iraq with the ruthless invasion of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Holland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece, Denmark, Norway, and Russia etc.?
Isn't it a bit of hyperbole to equate a decision to invade Iraq with the pre-planned extermination of millions of Jews, Poles, gypsies, Russian POW's, etc? Russian POW's were herded into open fields by the tens of thousands, surrounded with barbed wire and left to the elements. Hundreds of thousands of others were sent back to Germany and worked to death. It has been estimated that approximately 25 million Russians died in WWII as a direct result of Hitler's decision to invade. Of these it is estimated that 8 million were military, the rest civilian. Should victory have been achieved Hitler planned on de-populating Russia west of the Ural Mountains and replacing them with Germans and their descendants. I believe Himmler referred to them as "Wehrbauern". How would the land be de-populated? By whatever means necessary.
Apparently the invasion of Iraq is to be equated with the attempt at deliberately exterminating the Jews of Europe. The Iraq war is the new Babi-Yar where 33,000 people were murdered over three days with bullets. Iraq is now equal to Rumbula or maybe Dnepropetrovsk where the population of Jews went from 30,000+ to a little over 700 — in 4 days — all by gunfire. Abu Ghraib is the new Treblinka, Sobibor, Majdanek and Belzec. Credible scholarship indicates that after the loss at Stalingrad Hitler's main purpose in extending the war in the east may have been to complete the extermination of European Jewry. I suppose the "Shock and Awe" attack on Baghdad and the ensuing air war are the new Rotterdam and London.
These are the acts of a war criminal, Mr. Cracraft. A pre-planned invasion based on nothing more than a megalomaniacal urge to conquer and subjugate. A racialist urge to steal, denigrate and ultimately exterminate an entire group of people.
The racist maniac Hitler and his henchmen started a war that cost humanity close to 50 million souls and to equate them to Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld is nothing more than an ideological attack on a group of people it has become fashionable to disparage. This letter is not an attempt to justify the decision to invade Iraq. That may or may not have been justifiable but your attempt to paint Bush, et al as "war criminals" is ridiculous.