World: Trying to Tighten the Noose

Iran softens on the hostages and Iraq's war machine inches on

"The entire world must know that Saddam's army has acted without mercy, without pity, like Hitler's army." With that fuming condemnation of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Iran's Prime Minister Mohammed Ali Raja'i opened a diplomatic front in the Persian Gulf war last week by taking his country's case to the United Nations. Addressing a session of the Security Council, Raja'i charged that "the cruel and despotic regime of Iraq" has bombed schools and hospitals in "its killing of innocent people."

Raja'i, 47, a...

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