Middle East With a Little Help from Friends

How the U.S. and its allies made Iraq a most dangerous nation

The man who now threatens the peace of the Middle East was on the ropes himself just a few years ago. Saddam Hussein's forces were on the verge of being overrun by Iran's fanatical Revolutionary Guards, and in spite of billions of dollars in aid to Iraq from other Arab states, his weaponry was insufficient, his coffers were empty and his credit rating was abysmal. Despite an informal embargo, the world's armsmakers were willing to sell Iraq practically anything -- for a price. Eventually Saddam found benefactors in the West: nations more fearful of an Iranian victory than of him. France...

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