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Arabs and the Aftermath

The outrage and thirst for vengeance that suffused the comments of senior Saudi and Kuwaiti officials last fall are gone. They are more cautious now, more level-headed, as they consider the realities of the Middle East after a victory over Iraq. Long major players in the region's intricate politics, these Saudis and Kuwaitis will be charged with picking up the pieces after the U.S. turns its attention to another crisis somewhere else in the world.

Security remains the primary concern. "Even if Saddam himself is out," says a Saudi minister, "his Baath Party will probably control the country for a while,...

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