chapter  5
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The Problem is Not Saddam, but Iraq

For the past quarter-century problematic Saddam Hussein has been dominating Gulf politics and preoccupying the world with his whims and excesses, to the extent that the wish to eliminate him, or at the very least to remove him from power, has come to replace rational strategies of dealing with the permanent Iraqi threat of destabilizing that important area of the world. What is more, Saddam's hold on power does not seem to have diminished as a result of the wars he waged against his neighbors, or the sanctions he has been submitted to, or the miseries that his people have been suffering. He is now in a situation where he can relaunch his development of unconventional weaponry, free from the strictures of the UN supervision from which the Secretary General of that organization has helped relieve him.