The Gulf: Sitzkrieg in The Sand

If he is smart, Saddam will hunker down and try to prove that the best offense is a good defense

He was dressed in a natty business suit, not a military uniform. He smiled and tousled the hair of a young boy named Stuart Lockwood, asking him what he had eaten for breakfast (cornflakes and milk) and marveling at how the lad fared better than some Iraqi children. Talking cheerfully to a tense group of British hostages, he presented himself as a benign and misunderstood leader who had no choice but to act truculently.

Taking a leaf from some outdated p.r. manual, Saddam Hussein went on the airwaves last week in a miscalculated attempt to revise his image and turn up...

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