Suddenly, Saddam Again

As internal dissent increases, Baghdad rattles its sabers, forsaking a charm offensive to end sanctions

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail, King Arthur finds his path blocked by the Black Knight, a belligerent fellow who happens to be no good at fighting. The Knight loses an arm, then another, then both legs to Arthur's superior swordsmanship. He is left in pieces on the ground, screaming to the departing King, "You yellow bastard, come back here and take what's coming to you!"

That was the image of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, bloodied but unbowed -- and unenlightened -- after his humiliation in the 1991 Gulf War, when a U.N. mission led by the U.S. drove his...

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