No Longer Fenced In

Saddam is back in business as usual, wriggling out of the international embargo and rebuilding his weapons-procurement network

On March 3, 1991, under a hastily pitched tent at Safwan air base in southern Iraq, General Norman Schwarzkopf gazed across the table at two grim-faced Iraqi generals and calmly dictated cease-fire terms that put an end to the six-week Gulf War. Stunned to learn that the U.S.-led forces had captured more than 60,000 of his soldiers, Iraqi Lieut. General Sultan Hashim Ahmad al- Jabbari acceded to each and every condition. "His face went completely pale," Schwarzkopf later recounted. "He had had no concept of the magnitude of their defeat."

Nor has the regime of Saddam Hussein fully accepted its defeat...

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