Saddam Hussein's own cynicism - for he could have given UN inspectors free rein years ago - will be matched by Mr Bush's
You've got to hand it to Saddam. In one brisk, neat letter to Kofi Annan, he pulled the rug from right under George Bush's feet. There was the
American president last week, playing the role of multilateralist, warning the world that Iraq had one last chance ñ through the UN ñ to avoid
Armageddon. "If the Iraqi regime wishes peace," he told us all in the General Assembly, "it will immediately and unconditionally forswear, disclose
and remove or destroy all weapons of mass destruction, long-range missiles and all related material." And that, of course, is the point. Saddam would
do everything he could to avoid war. President Bush was doing everything he could to avoid peace. And now the Iraqi regime has put the Americans into
a corner. The arms inspectors are welcome back in Iraq. No conditions. Just as the Americans asked.
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