Would Saddam Simply Leave?

It's still a long shot, but Arab nations are pushing plans to get the dictator out and avoid a costly and divisive war

The first time anyone was rumored to have broached directly the subject of a nice, quiet exile for Saddam Hussein was back in August, when stories circulated that a member of the Qatari royal family had ventured to Baghdad to see whether there was some way to avert a war by offering Saddam a way out--perhaps a plush retirement in a place like Saudi Arabia, where deposed despot Idi Amin enjoys fishing and playing his accordion. In Arab press accounts, Saddam was said to have angrily sent the envoy packing, and since then both sides have denied that any such overture...

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