For many Western Christians, the mention of "Iraq" gives rise to mental images of Saddam Hussein and the Gulf War. Few realize that there are Christians in Iraq and that those Christians have arguably suffered more from the U.N. sanctions imposed after the 1991 war than from government oppression.
An Israeli official confirmed Monday that PLO chief Yasser Arafat has salted away $20 million in pilfered funds in a Swiss Bank account, a nest egg that Israeli security believes he has offered to Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in exchange for a safe haven if forced to leave Gaza.
Following the US-British air strikes on Iraq's air defense system Friday night, Baghdad threatened to retaliate, intensifying not only its anti-US rhetoric, but also its continued campaign to eliminate the Jewish state.
During his whirlwind "listening tour" to the Middle East, US Secretary of State Colin Powell is finding his efforts to urge Arab leaders to re-enlist in an American-led alliance against resurgent Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is complicated by increasing hostility towards Israel and the US.