An Iraqi blogger weighs in on the "flypaper" rationale:
Back to Bush. There was one sentence in what he said that really provoked me and made me feel disgusted. I was about to throw the ash tray at the TV when he said "to win the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy." how dare he say that? He brought these enemies to our country and now he wants to fight them there? to keep Americans safe?!! Is it on the expense of innocent people?! Is it on the expense of destroying and dividing an entire country to make Americans safe?! I consider every American supporting him in that is selfish and mean and blood thirsty. Think of the bread you are eating and compare it to the blood-mixed bread Iraqis are eating. Think of the children crying when they hear an explosion. Think of the pregnant who lost their babies because they were unable to reach the hospital. Think of those deprived from their education. All of this is happening because his majesty believes in "taking the fight to the enemy" so that you become safe and we become the bait in which he could catch "terrorists" with.Anyone who thinks the carnage over which we're presiding in Iraq is making us "safer" is delusional. Remember, there are now hundreds of thousands (or more) Iraqis who have lost a child, sibling, parent or relative -- most at the hands of other Iraqis, but some from our bombs and bullets (and now Iraqis have started blaming Augmentation/Plus Up for bombings like the one last weekend that destroyed a Shiite market in Baghdad). Is it unreasonable to worry that at some point a sliver of the accumulated anger from all that loss might touch us here? As the means of destruction become ever more available to individuals via vials and backpacks -- no safe haven or "caliphate" required -- it's worth thinking about.