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The House Int'l Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Iraq, Nov 3. A.M. Rosenthal, Oct 29, noted America's present penchant for naval-gazing, as it appeared in the Gore-Bradley exchange in New Hampshire. Rosenthal wrote, "The questioners in the New Hampshire audience, so well educated and well mannered, did themselves no credit. Perhaps the process of becoming so well mannered and well educated had boiled out of them all interest in human beings except themselves and their families. . . . . Nobody asked if either man had an idea how to deal with the historic victory of Saddam Hussein. He wiped out the U.N. inspection system he had pledged to obey as the price of keeping his head after the gulf war. Richard Butler . . . tells me that Saddam is already resuming work toward nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. We must therefore assume New Hampshire would accept Saddam's word not to conduct nuclear tests, or has its own antimissile system, with filters against deadly chemicals and flesh-eating bacteria." "Iraq News," Oct 5, asked why the Gov't of Israel says nothing about the Iraq threat, sans UNSCOM/IAEA. The answer seems to be the peace process. Of course, that makes no sense. One cannot reasonably neglect Saddam for any reason. But that is how it is. The irrational happens often enough in history. Also, that the Israeli Gov't feels it is tolerable to more-or-less neglect Saddam at present is because of a strategic intelligence failure that crept in during the Rabin Gov't. It has two components: 1) many forgot about Iraq and the Gulf war, as they became preoccupied with other matters, particularly Muslim extremists and Iran; and 2) many have so uncritically embraced the Clinton administration that they fail to recognize the national security implications of its mendacity and corruption. News of developments at the INC Nat'l Assembly meeting is posted at http://www.inc.org.uk/english/na/na99.htm Senators Bob Kerrey (D, NE) and Sam Brownback (R, KS) addressed the meeting Oct 29 and their speeches are below. I. SEN BOB KERREY, ADDRESS TO INC NAT'L ASSEMBLY http://www.inc.org.uk/english/na/BKerreye.htm II. SEN SAM BROWNBACK, ADDRESS TO INC NAT'L ASSEMBLY http://www.inc.org.uk/english/na/brownbacke.htm