Nebuchadnezzar was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen . . .
-- The Book of Daniel 4: 33
What kind of a man would cold-bloodedly gobble up a neighboring country? What kind of a man would try to assassinate a Prime Minister? What kind of a man gasses undefended villages or executes his closest colleagues? What kind of a man, in short, is Iraq's President-for-Life Saddam Hussein?
The heir, it would seem, of the fierce and bloodthirsty Mesopotamian kings who once ruled the civilized world. Many of those ancient potentates met terrible ends -- when they made the...