UNITED NATIONS: Jamil the Irrepressible

He derails trains of thought, discomfits the orthodox, and disrupts debate. But he may also be responsible for preventing untold numbers of colleagues from dying of sheer boredom. What is more, he knows the ropes at the United Nations General Assembly better than anybody else, for he has been there since its first meeting in 1946. He is Jamil M. Baroody, 66, a Lebanese-born New Yorker who is Saudi Arabia's U.N. representative.

Unguided Missile. Because the oil-rich Saudis need hardly anything in the way of aid from the U.N. and Baroody has King...

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