Inside Saddam's Head

Other dictators have known when to flee. Why did the Iraqi ruler stand his ground?

Saddam Hussein--supposing that was he on the grainy videotape aired last week barely three hours after the opening salvo intended to kill him--hardly seemed himself. Pictured alone in a cramped makeshift studio, the dictator, 65, looked shaken and tired, his face puffy behind big spectacles he rarely wears in public. His words, rambling and repetitive, were read from scribbled notes on a large pad held in a hand more often seen brandishing a rifle. In that context, his characteristic call to Iraqis to "draw your sword" to defeat "little, evil Bush" sounded like the recoil of a man just hit by...

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