Iraq’s Hussein: Saber-Rattling in Mideast

<i> Reuters</i>

Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said in a newspaper interview published Thursday that another Middle East war is inevitable unless the United States stops what he said are aggressive policies by Israel.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hussein said, “We shall respond to an Israeli attack whenever it comes and wherever. If Israel attacks one country and there is no response, then the second country to be attacked surely will be Iraq.”

The Journal said that its interview comes at a time when fears of a new Middle East war are high, with several Arab states believing that Israel wants to drive the Palestinians from their land.