America Abroad: Defusing Baghdad's Bomb

Defusing Baghdad's Bomb

For the 45 years that Europe has been largely at peace, the Middle East has been plunged into war at least nine times. Europe is living proof that the balance of terror works: with so many weapons of mass destruction in so many arsenals, a single bullet fired in anger could touch off Armageddon. Therefore the guns are silent. The Middle East has had the benefit of no such inhibition: there is too much terror and too little balance.

The focus of anxiety these days is Iraq. In the 1980s President Saddam Hussein used poison gas against not only Iran but...

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