America Abroad

When Monsters Stay Home

At first the winners of the gulf war congratulated themselves for re- establishing the taboo against aggression: invade a neighboring state, and you'll be sorry. But now the loser in the war has exploited an awkward corollary: stay on your own territory, wrap yourself in the cloak of sovereignty, and you can do anything you want. Having been punished for violating the sanctity of borders, Saddam Hussein has found protection behind that same principle as he commits atrocities against his own citizens.

The problem here is not just George Bush's double cross of the Iraqi rebels. Once again the world community...

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