From William Safire’s New York Times column on Thursday:
“Now we are down to the essence of Saddam’s defense. If he can convince long-intimidated Iraqis that America’s humanitarian concern about casualties – its own military losses and Iraqi civilian deaths – will lead to a deal, then it will be easier for him to suppress any uprisings. Who would be so foolish to take up arms against a dictator whose regime – even if it will be Saddamism without Saddam – remains in power to exact vengeance?”
Insistence now on unconditional surrender.