The first time I met MARGARET HASSAN, CARE International's Iraq director—who was murdered by insurgents last week—I was puzzled. It was in an Iraqi government office in 1998. Here was a petite Irishwoman in her 50s with an English accent speaking fluent Arabic in one of the world's most dangerous pariah states. The U.N. sanctions that had wedged the Iraqis between an evil regime and an uncaring world had been in place for eight years. She fixed her strong, brown eyes on me and gave me the facts: Iraqi children were dying by the thousands; Iraq was ceasing to exist as...

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