The Gulf: Must This Mean War?

Not necessarily. Before the fighting starts, the U.S. should try to craft a diplomatic way out.

If peace was at hand anywhere last week, it was on another planet. None of the actions and words of Saddam Hussein and those who would stop him were the least bit subtle, and all pointed toward war. The verbal posturing of two ! weeks ago gave way to bullying; defensive deployments took on an offensive cast; compromise was shunned as if it were a four-letter word; those in the know saw no hope.

In Baghdad, Saddam's smooth, low-key Foreign Minister, Tariq Aziz, complained that the U.S. was ignoring his nation's peace proposals. On Saturday, the Iraqi government declared that the...

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