NO. 21


The Political Scene

The war in the Gulf has moved with startling speed towards a finaldenouement. Iraq followed its 15 February announcement of its severely qualifiedwillingness to withdraw from Kuwait by sending Foreign Minister Tariq 'Aziz toMoscow, where President Mikhail Gorbachev presented him with a unilateral peaceinitiative. The Soviet move caused deep alarm in Washington, which eased whenIraqi President Saddam Husain made a speech on 21 February which...