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23 Several months after the conclusion of the war with Iran, and less than two years before invading Kuwait, Saddam stated again his intentions of nonaggression. ’’ Then, to reassure his neighbor to the south, Saddam added, ‘‘How will it be possible for us [Iraq and Kuwait] to live together . . S. Ambassador April Glaspie indicated the possibility of rapprochement. ’’ And in his 23 July Revolution anniversary speech in Egypt, Mubarak was able to oﬀer some re14 s a d d a m ’ s wa r o f w o r d s assurance.
Hanan Ashrawi understood that. ‘‘We do not condemn occupation in one area and condone it another. We do not condone the acquisition of land by force. We do not have double standards,’’ said the articulate Palestinian spokeswoman. The Palestinian National Fund, based in Abu Dhabi, understood that too, and its spokesman agreed with Ashrawi: ‘‘[We do not] support Iraq in occupying and annexing Kuwait by force . . ’’ But the deployment of coalition forces prompted him, like many others, to qualify his response.
This does not mean Hussein ignored the West or was simply obtuse. In fact, he launched his own shuttle diplomacy, traveling throughout the region, Europe, and North America. The king made clear his commitment to the principle of the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war, using exactly those terms. But he hoped the West could see the predicament from his perspective: he must consider his domestic constituency, and he must consider the threat from Saddam. The Economist was accurate in its description of Hussein’s eﬀorts.