Refugees: A Kiss Before Dying?

Saddam and the Kurds go through the motions of peace, but the Iraqi leader still has to prove that he can be trusted

Who would ever have imagined that kiss? There on Iraqi TV was Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani, whose people have been betrayed, gassed, shot and forced into exile by Saddam Hussein, reaching out to the tormentor himself. There was Saddam, who once said he would run a sword through the rebellious Talabani before permitting him to return to Iraq, pressing his lips against the cheek of the Kurdish representative. It was enough to make even the most cynical Middle East watcher blink hard and move closer to the set.

That widely publicized embrace in Baghdad last week symbolized the improbable news that...

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