<A HREF="http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/front/1712752">The story here - Houston Chronicle 12-23-02</A> - about halfway down the page. "As part of the strategy, Iraq continued to woo its Arab neighbors Sunday by making another gesture to Kuwait, the tiny neighboring emirate it invaded in 1990, setting off the Persian Gulf War. "Iraq returned a load of stolen paintings, carpets and other items owned by the Kuwaiti royal family during a meeting at a border post. Saddam last month apologized to Kuwait for the invasion and has agreed to renew long-frozen talks next month on the fate of Kuwaitis who went missing during the occupation. "So far, though, the strategy has been met with limited success. Even Saddam seemed frustrated that Iraq has not been able to rally international opinion against the United States." --- Interesting. Now they're returning Kuwait's stolen goods. I think that just iterates what they should have done long ago, and are just now doing under military pressure. Which shows how effective military pressure can be as a diplomacy tool. And they wonder why the world is cool on their 11th hour diplomacy measures. I guess it's because they see it all for what it is - Just a tactic, and not a change in methods.