Couldn't Be Worse?: Iraq After Saddam

Saddam Hussein isn't letting his own mortality interfere with his plans for Iraq's future.

Issue: Winter 2001-2002

The main working hypothesis, taken almost as an act of faith and embraced by many Western policymakers and pundits since the end of the Gulf War, is that the West's "Iraq problem"-and most of Iraq's problems, too-would be easily solved once President Saddam Hussein disappeared from the scene. Some observers have therefore couched the "Iraq problem" as one of biology-meaning not the threat of Iraqi biological weapons, but rather Saddam's mortality.

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