Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says the threats posed by worldwide terrorism and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein are greater now than they've ever been. Barak addressed an audience of some 600 people at Brown University Tuesday night. Barak also used the opportunity to rally support for resolute American military action against Iraq
Barak suggested Saddam Hussein may be close to acquiring a crude nuclear bomb. His appearance came several hours after an anti-war demonstration involving of hundreds of Brown students. A small group of pro-Palestinian protesters rallied outside the speech.
Barak was a decorated Army general before entering politics. He was elected prime minister in 1999. He left office after he was defeated by Ariel Sharon in a special election last year.