`Gourding' the Middle East A U.S. airman carries sandbags past a Halloween pumpkin and the Stars and Stripes atop a bunker Thursday as fortifications continue to be strengthened at airbases in Saudi Arabia. Iraq on Friday gave new indications it might be willing to negotiate a settlement of the crisis in the Middle East. President Saddam Hussein told Channel 3 radio of Algiers, Algeria, "When the greater interest demands it, everything is open to consideration." See story on A3.