UGANDA: Retreat from a Collision Course

President Idi Amin Dada was behaving true to bizarre form. First he provoked an international crisis, thereby distracting world attention from the murder and turmoil taking place within Uganda (TIME cover, March 7). Then he quietly backed down.

The crisis, the first of Jimmy Carter's presidency, began when Amin ordered the approximately 200 Americans in Uganda to meet with him early last week in Kampala, the Ugandan capital, and then declared that until the meeting, they would not be allowed to leave the country. Washington feared that the lives of the Americans, most of whom are missionaries, might be in...

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