WITH THE world's attention focused elsewhere, Iraqi forces are again pressing a military offensive against rebellious Kurds in the country's north. At the same time, the Bush administration says it's reviewing its policy options with a view toward taking a more aggressive stance toward Iraq. What does that mean?
In part it may simply reflect frustration over the fact that, nine months after a devastating military defeat, Saddam Hussein is still riding high, even as his people endure shortages of food, medicine and sanitary facilities and face the threat of massive disease and death as a result.
The United Nations has monitors in Iraq to ensure compliance with an agreement made last June allowing U.N. supervision of a Kurdish relief program. That mission has been extended until mid-1992 and ought to be prolonged indefinitely, at least until Baghdad complies with all the terms of its cease-fire with the U.N. Security Council, compliance that now seems very unlikely.