After days of dark hints that he might launch an attack across his border with Kenya, Uganda's dictator Idi Amin Dada suddenly announced that he would not invade "one inch" of his neighbor's territory. For once there was reason to believe him. With upwards of 300 Uganda-bound fuel trucks stopped in Kenya, Amin's country was rapidly running out of gas. Streets in Kampala and towns around the country emptied of auto traffic as the regime slapped a ban on driving by private motorists; Amin fought back the only way he could —by cutting off the electric power supplied by...

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