The Arab World: The Fuse Grows Shorter

Each day that Saddam survives the war he becomes more of a regional hero while the image of his opponents grows increasingly menacing

Saddam Hussein may have figured it right if he was calculating that he could win on the Arab street even while losing in the skies and the sands of the gulf. Each day that the allies throw their best punches at him and leave him standing, Saddam's prestige among ordinary Arabs grows. And so does hatred of the U.S. and its coalition partners -- at least in certain quarters.

"The U.S. pretended to come to free Kuwait, but instead it is bombing the Iraqi people," says Mohammed Kamal, a Jordanian senator and former ambassador to Washington. Even in Saudi Arabia, many...

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