Dealing With Saddam

In an exclusive TIME interview, Kofi Annan defends a pact made with difficult customers

TIME: Given this man's murderous record and his record of frustrating the arms inspectors, what did you mean when you said Saddam Hussein was someone with whom you could "do business"?

Annan: I had to deal with him to avoid a tragedy and to save lives. In fact, when I said that, I had in fact done business with him. I found a man who was very calm, very monotonous in his voice, with no theatrics. Once I got through to him and explained what was at stake, and what he could do for his nation and his people, and what...

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