Iraqi Miscalculation

Saddam Hussein's planes lose a vain challenge to the no-fly zone

THE WORKINGS OF HIS MIND ARE A MYSTERY TO ORdinary people and foreign policy analysts alike, but Saddam Hussein may have thought he could take advantage of the transition in Washington to violate the U.N. coalition's no-fly zone in southern Iraq. He miscalculated. On Dec. 27 a pair of Iraqi MiGs committed the double offense of entering the zone and then turning to confront U.S. F-16s. The American aircraft shot down one MiG; the other fled to Iran. Iraqi officials blasted the incident as "blatant aggression." President Bush said the shootdown was consistent with the need to enforce U.N. resolutions, and...

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