IRAQ: THE PALACE OF MIRRORS

SADDAM HUSSEIN TRIES A FEW MORE TRICKS TO GET OUT OF HIS SANCTIONS BOX, BUT THE U.S. CAN'T ESCAPE ITS POLICY QUANDARY

For a man in a box, Saddam Hussein manages to find an amazing amount of wiggle room. He is walled in by economic sanctions and no-fly zones and international inspectors, but he still pops out with one ploy after another calculated to thwart the U.N. and inflate his image in the Arab world. Like a stage magician, he fills his act with grand gestures and hoopla, but on close inspection the show can be seen for what it is: illusion.

Last week, with on-and-off help from his friends in the U.N. Security Council, Saddam produced a flurry of prestidigitation that was...

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