UGANDA: Purges and Peace Talks

"I have very accurate information," declared Ugandan Dictator Idi Amin Dada last week, as he proceeded to rattle off a lengthy list of potential invaders. They included neighboring Tanzania, Britain, Israel, Zambia, India, Rwanda, Sudan, "some countries in NATO," plus "two other countries"—one of them presumably China—all conspiring with Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Cuba, Malawi and Guyana. But Ugandans should not worry, Amin added, because "the Uganda armed forces are prepared to deal with the threat," and he was in direct command.

The Ugandan army under Amin's command was in fact the biggest threat facing Ugandans last week. The army, now dominated...

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