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Could a New Strongman Help?

THE sight of Saddam Hussein haranguing the court that sentenced him to death last week in Baghdad may have done little to slow his trip to the gallows, which looks ever more likely to come early next year if the appellate court, as expected, moves swiftly to uphold the sentence. But Mr. Hussein’s outbursts served to remind many Iraqis, even those who hated him most, of something they crave in the rudderless nightmare Iraq has become under his successors: a strong leader, able to forge a nation from the country’s fractious ethnic and religious groups, and to end the current wave of sectarian bloodletting that, left to build on itself, could ultimately match the mass killing that characterized Mr. Hussein’s psychopathic years in power. Full Story

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