Toward A New Kuwait

Most people know only one thing about Kuwait: that George Bush has pledged to free it. Nevertheless, a pernicious notion has taken hold. Kuwait, it is alleged, was an arrogant, undemocratic handkerchief of a country no one would care about were it not for the oil beneath its sands. Is that view accurate? And if so, could the nation change after its liberation? Kuwaitis themselves have a vested interest in the answers to those questions -- but so does the rest of the world, and particularly the half-million allied troops massed for war in the gulf. For now that Saddam Hussein...

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