Iraq: Friends & Brothers

Not long ago, Abdul Karim Kassem, lean and psychotic strongman of Iraq, boasted that he had survived 38 attempts to kill him over the past 4½ years. Last week in Baghdad, death kept the 39th appointment.

Rebel Iraqi army officers overthrew the government and issued a characteristic Middle Eastern communiqué: "With the help of God, we have been able to destroy the enemy of God and of the people, Abdul Karim Kassem, and his gang, who have used the country for their own interests and who choked liberty and disrupted the law!"

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