America Abroad: The Villain's Advantage

The Villain's Advantage

Amid the sirens and explosions, a puzzlement occurs. With 5.3 billion people on the planet, how can one of them cause so much trouble for all the rest?

What's more, this particular troublemaker seems a travesty of the great-man theory of history and an insult to the modern world's sense of itself. Just when we were getting serious about the 21st century, along comes this atavistic menace. With his 1930s brand of aggression and his medieval tirades, Saddam Hussein has succeeded beyond his dreams and our nightmares in tying our lives in knots. Even if he can't get us with his...

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