Stuart Thompson's letter of July 21 is an excellent example of the muddled thinking pervasive among many liberal Christians and left-wing ideologues.
One can only assume that the lying by intelligence agencies that Mr. Thompson rambles on about is a reference to the current election-year brouhaha over a short statement in this year's State of the Union speech: "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
Despite the fact that one piece of evidence was shone to be fraudulent, the British government still stands by their conclusion, based on other evidence (see the New York Times, July 18).
Thompson also muddies the water further by employing another liberal vogue: comparing the current administration to Nazi Germany. (For a good example of this thinking, go to http://www.counterpunch.org/lindorff02012003.html.)
This approach to political debate gives cause to wonder whether those who use it are either devoid of historical knowledge or just plain loopy. One is also entitled to shake their head in disbelief that a writer who employs such pointed reference to the Ten Commandments and to Jesus Christ could be so steeped in moral relativism.