Saddam, Still

With power his only objective, Saddam has rebuilt Baghdad, rewarded his supporters and convinced his people they are the victims of Western aggression

In Baghdad's art galleries hang heartrending depictions of slaughter, ruin and misery, painted since the Gulf War. On the sidewalks, poor families sell their meager household goods to procure enough money to eat. In the back alleys, women offer their bodies for sale -- an extreme act of desperation in Muslim society -- and men steal cars or rob their neighbors' houses.

These are not the people that Saddam Hussein counts on. He has drawn around himself a tight circle of supporters, loyal members of his al-Tikriti clan, whose interlocking relationships ensure his control of the security services, the military and...

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