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What is more sickening than to watch Saddam Hussein and his thugs put their blood-stained hands on innocent children being held as hostages? Seeing Former U.N. Secretary-General and Austrian President Kurt Waldheim sitting with Hussein, smiling for the photo-op, while Hussein talked of ``columns of dead with no end.'How can anyone do that? Simple. Remember, Waldheim is an ex-Nazi. He's used to lies, aggression and butchery. Licking Hussein's boots is not that big an effort for Waldheim considering his former boss, Adolf Hitler.

Even so, how could Waldheim do it, considering the quality of the two dictators. Hitler, even in the final days of madness and desperation, refrained form using chemical weapons. Hussein did so on his own people without batting an eye. No one could ever say either that Hitler would have been such a craven coward as to use innocent men, women and children as shields to hide behind and discourage attack. Waldheim must be desperate for brownie points to offset his bad press of late. He could do better snuggling up to Deng Xioapeng or Pol Pot.

As a former U.N. leader, Waldheim could easily have pleaded the case of all hostages and considered going home alone to make a point and a stand for that cause. Instead, he grabbed his guys and beat it. War is hell. Every man for himself? K.R. Dale Greensboro

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