Essay: Some Advice for King Hussein

Some Advice for King Hussein

There's nothing subtle about war, though some think of it as a form of diplomacy. It produces only extremes: winners and losers. When it ends, sweet victory's trumpeters sound off on TV and rush into print to praise the winners and tell how they did it. The losers are another matter. They suffer greatly and arouse human compassion, but who really cares? They're the objects of history, not the subjects, unless they somehow turn their defeat around.

Identifying the gulf-war losers -- Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat and King Hussein of Jordan -- is easy. They badly misled their people, who will...

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