Middle East Stumbling Toward Armageddon?

Iraq's threats against Israel heat up a region that keeps growing more dangerous, even as the superpowers back away from unstinting support for their respective allies

An ordinary politician who had been accused of secretly developing nuclear weapons might simply issue a fervent denial or a terse "no comment." But there is nothing ordinary about Iraq's President Saddam Hussein. One week after his agents were caught trying to smuggle electrical devices used in nuclear weapons from Britain to Iraq, Saddam issued an angry disclaimer that served only to provoke greater international unease and outrage. "We do not need an atomic bomb," Saddam said. "We have the dual chemical. Whoever threatens us with the atomic bomb, we will annihilate him with the dual chemical." Recalling Israel's devastating 1981...

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