Tho­mas Fried­man skri­ver at Bush må argu­men­tere anner­le­des enn til nå, og være vil­lig til å ta ansva­ret for utvik­lin­gen etter at Sad­dam er ute:

Tell people the truth. Sad­dam does not threa­ten us today. He can be deter­red. Taking him out is a war of choice — but it’s a legi­ti­mate choice. It’s because he is under­mi­ning the U.N., it’s because if left alone he will seek weapons that will threa­ten all his neigh­bors, it’s because you believe the people of Iraq deserve to be libe­rated from his tyranny, and it’s because you intend to help Iraqis create a pro­gres­sive state that could sti­mu­late reform in the Arab/Muslim world, so that this region won’t keep chur­ning out angry young people who are attracted to radi­cal Islam and are the real weapons of mass destruc­tion.

That’s the case for war — and it will require years of occupy­ing Iraq and a simul­tane­ous effort to defuse the Israeli-Pale­sti­nian con­flict to create a regio­nal con­text for success. If done right, such a war could shrink Al Qaeda’s influ­ence — but Al Qaeda is a sepa­rate enemy that will have to be fought sepa­rately, and will re2_­kom­men­tar a threat even if Sad­dam is ous­ted.

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