Collateral Damage

Let's doff our hats to the most powerful man in the West: Saddam Hussein. The war against him is still a few weeks off, but it has already claimed three prominent casualties: European unity, NATO and the U.S.-German relationship.

European unity: When French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, hoping to refurbish their creaking "axis," pledged to join forces to oppose the American-led effort against Baghdad, other European heads of government were not amused — either by the duo's attempt to grab the crown of Continental leadership or by the implicit anti-American thrust of their strategy....

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