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FEAR FOR KIN IN BAGHDAD LEAVES KUWAITIS SEETHING

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Kuwaitis still seethe with rancor five years after Iraq's 1990 invasion, their wounds kept raw by the absence of relatives feared still held by Baghdad.

"Execution would be a mercy for him (Iraqi President Saddam Hussein). He should be tortured," said Bouh Ahmad, a 63-year-old businessman. "Let him taste humiliation after pride.""Look at what he is doing to his own people," said Ali Mhali al-Banaghi, a 33-year-old civil servant. "If I saw him I would kill him without hesitation."

Officially, enmity exists only toward the Iraqi government and Saddam himself, a man Kuwait describes as a war criminal.

Government spokesmen say Kuwait feels anguish for the suffering of ordinary Iraqis under economic sanctions. They say Saddam could easily end the tough curbs by complying fully with gulf war cease-fire terms, including returning missing people.

But many ordinary Kuwaitis, especially those who lost loved ones in the seven-month occupation or who believe relatives may still be held by Iraq, take things more personally.

"As long as Saddam is alive, he keeps killing Iraqis. So I want Saddam to live 1,000 years, to kill an Iraqi every day. God bless him," said Adnan Qabandi, who heads an institution that looks after children of people killed in the occupation.