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I read that Hizballah uses TOW missiles against Israel. How did an Islamic guerrilla outfit get its hands on an advanced U.S. antitank weapon?

Hizballah used TOW missiles against Israel last February. Ironically perhaps, Hizballah may have gotten the missiles indirectly from the Israelis. The Lebanese guerrilla army gets most of its weaponry from Iran. The most plausible explanation for its TOW missiles — strenuously denied by Iran — is that these are some of the 2,008 units of the antitank weapon sold to Tehran by the U.S. in 1986 in exchange for the release of American hostages held in Lebanon — the root of the Iran-contra scandal that dogged the Reagan administration. The actual delivery of those missiles to Iran was, of course, carried out by Israel.

Whatever happened to Idi Amin, the former Ugandan dictator?

For a man accused of torture, cannibalism, ethnic cleansing and the murder of some 300,000 of his countrymen, Idi Amin Dada is doing pretty nicely at the pleasure of the Saudi royal family. Although his hosts have imposed a media gag on the 72-year-old former military officer and self-proclaimed national heavyweight boxing champion, who ruled Uganda from 1971 to 1979, they've shown no inclination to extradite him. Instead, the Saudis pay Amin a monthly stipend that allows him to live comfortably with a large entourage in a villa in Jidda, where he swims, goes fishing in the Red Sea, dines on imported food and watches a lot of satellite TV.

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