An Interview with Saddam Hussein

"The chances for peace appear slim"

The scene around Baghdad's presidential office served as vivid testimony to a leader under siege: tanks blocked all entrances, and red-bereted paratroopers in camouflage battle dress alertly stood guard. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein last week invited Time Inc. Senior Editor Murray J. Gart and TIME Correspondent Dean Brelis there for a rare formal interview, the first given to U.S. journalists in a year. Looking very fit despite the effects of a dawn-to-dusk fast in observance of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Iraqi leader was a commanding presence in his field marshal's uniform as he...

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