Diplomacy: No Quick Fixes in Sight

U.S. dreams of helping build a new Middle East order are frustrated by the realities of a troubled and troubling region

Wearing a Saddam Hussein T shirt in a country recently invaded and plundered by the Iraqi leader's forces is a provocative thing to do. But is it worthy of a 15-year jail term followed by deportation? That was the punishment a Kuwaiti court handed last week to an Iraqi man accused of that offense. Later, responding to international outrage over the sentence, the Kuwaiti government claimed that the man had also worked for Iraqi intelligence. But by that time the authorities had precious little credibility as they tried to defend their brand of justice. Among 10 people tried last week for...

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