Saddam Hussein got one thing right yesterday in acknowledging the wreckage of his Kuwaiti adventure. "In this mother of battles," he said, "we have succeeded in harvesting what we have sown." Some harvest! Iraq's economy wrecked, its army shredded, its hated neighbors strengthened at its expense, its ruling military clique de-clawed and potentially decapitated.
As allied armies drive north in a campaign that will rewrite military doctrine, the liberation of Kuwait is at hand. Soon the world will know the full extent of the sufferings of Kuwait's people, the theft of its resources, the destruction of its resources, the polluting of its environs. If Saddam is deposed, as he should be, the world will also learn in detail what savagery he has inflicted on his own citizens, not least the Kurdish people massacred in 1988 with poison gas and chemicals.
Saddam's blather and bravado, like Gamal Abdel Nasser's before him, make him a sometime hero among Arab masses filled with resentment against the West. But, in time, many may think again. The Palestinians can take note that he did not evoke their cause until ten days after his Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait -- and then dropped them from the Soviet-brokered peace plan he tried to engineer. Jordanians now immersed in Saddamism will have to count how much his marauding has cost them.