What now-prominent political pundit wrote this in 1976?
An Arab country with the second largest proven oil reserves, a fierce revolutionary ideology, a large and recently-blooded army, and a leadership composed almost entirely of men in their thirties is obviously a force to be reckoned with. Iraq, which has this dynamic combination and much else besides, has not until recently been very much regarded as a power. But…its political voice is being heard more and more….And it has a leader â€” Saddam Hussain â€” who has sprung from being an underground revolutionary gunman to perhaps the first visionary Arab statesman since Nasser.
Now that this has come to light, I can’t wait to see the scorn and vitriol that Christopher Hitchens will pour upon this appalling Saddam-lover.