A Tyrant in the Shadows

(New York Times) - John S. Burnett The reports that Saddam Hussein may be alive and hiding inside Iraq - and inspiring his newly confident followers to attack and kill occupation soldiers - are robbing people of a basic human right: freedom from fear. Another powerful force is anarchy. Vengeance happens every day now. When police stations were looted, the clever thieves went for the files. So today, for $50, you can buy the records that allege who killed your brother or father or uncle so many years ago. Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard and fedayeen stripped off their uniforms, but they haven't disappeared. They are living among the locals. Some say they know neighbors who still have a photo of Mr. Hussein hidden away, just in case he returns.

2003-06-26 00:00:00

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