The Postman Only Rings Once

Excerpts from the President's letter to Saddam Hussein, given to Tariq Aziz by U.S. Secretary of State James Baker:

"There can be no reward for aggression. Nor will there be any negotiation. Principle cannot be compromised. However, by its full compliance, Iraq will gain the opportunity to rejoin the international community.

"More immediately, Iraq and the Iraqi military establishment will escape destruction. But unless you withdraw from Kuwait completely and without condition, you will lose more than Kuwait. You may be tempted to find solace in the diversity of opinion that is American democracy. You should resist any such temptation. Diversity...

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