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Keeping the lid on Iraq

Reviving the Kuwait sovereignty issue would be disastrous for Iraq

Not that old chestnut again. Iraqi MP Awatef Neema in early February stirred unsettling memories when she pronounced that Kuwait was part of Iraq under the jurisdiction of Basra. She was echoing the nationalist war cry frequently heard in Saddam Hussein's era and which provided the spurious justification for his 1990 invasion of the neighbouring emirate. Surely, with the end of Saddam's dictatorship and the trauma of the disastrous Kuwait adventure not forgotten, that particular evil should now be firmly back inside Pandora's box. The remarks of one MP don't, of course, constitute official thinking. But they clearly still reflect the view of some Iraqis and are a reminder of the dangerous c

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