Can I join to a table in ORACLE (10g) using a CASE clause in the ON statement (or even where clause as it’s an inner join)

I’m trying to make the following code smaller. Is this possible?

select a.*
from table1 a
WHERE a."cola1" = 'valuea1'
select a.*
from tablea1 a
inner join tablea2 b on a."cola2" = b."colb2"
WHERE a."cola1" = 'valuea2'
  and b."colb3" = 'valueb3'

In effect I’m looking for records from table1 for value1 or value2, but for records matching value2 I want to apply 1 extra condition which involves a join to a 2nd table
Can this be done without a UNION clause?

A skeleton or what I’m trying to code is below….but it’s not working naturally.

select a.*
from table1 a
inner join table2 b on a."cola1" = b."COLb1"
WHERE a."cola2" IN ('valuea1','valuea2')
    WHEN a."cola2" = 'valuea2' THEN b."colb1" = 'valueb3'
    ELSE 1=1

jQuery html attribute not working in IE

I am using country and state dropdowns in my form. Whenever the user selects the country in the dropdown, the respective states of the country will populate in the states dropdown. I am populating the states in the dropdown using AJAX call. The problem is that the states get populated in Mozilla but it doesn’t work in IE. I guess there is some problem in jQuery while loading the states in the states dropdown. The jQuery code i am using is

$('select#edit-country').change(function(e) {

    $.getJSON("loadContactUsStates",{id: $(this).val(), ajax: 'true'}, function(j){
        var options = '';

        for (var i = 0; i < j.length; i++) { 
            options += '<option value="' + j[i].optionValue + '">' + j[i].optionDisplay + '</option>';


    <!-----I guess the problem is with the below line------------------>

    })//end json