Trawling through the Usenet archives, I found this exchange from back in 1998, I think after Clinton bombed the Sudan:
Liberal 1: "All I've been saying is that we cause some problems for other countries. That's it."
Conservative: "And? We do it so we don't have those problems here. That's what the rest of the world needs to learn."
Me: "What, to retaliate against US cities? The WTO bombing probably scared Americans more than the embassy bombings, even though they failed to collapse the towers. Oh well, there's always a next time - and now all the nutters in the Middle East have a reason to ensure there *is* a next time..."
1998. Jesus, I'm glad I didn't remember this three years later, or I would have turned myself in as a possible terrorist.