Interesting and unusual article in today’s WSJ by Dan Rather on his recent face-to-face encounter with Saddam. Interesting because Western reporters rarely get so close to the Butcher of Baghdad. Unusual because its theme is Saddam’s focus on one thing alone, his survival. No, that’s not unusual. But the fact that Rather doesn’t bring up this obvious question is: If Saddam is so hellbent on his own survival, why is he dragging himself and his country into a situation that literally guarantees his downfall? It does not compute.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.