Saturday, April 05, 2003

The Last Days of Saddam Hussein

�We will not capitulate. Never. We can go down, but we will take a world with us�.
- Adolf Hitler, as quoted in Ian Kershaw's biography.

It seems that Saddam, having spent most of his political career emulating one of the two great monsters of the 20th century, is now intent on ending it in a similar manner to the second of the two big butchers. Rather than flee his capital, as your run-of-the-mill dictator might have, he has decided to stay within it, lurking underground in his bunker, as his propaganda minister screams defiance and makes incredible of impending Final Victory.

Even Saddam must realize by now that there is chance of him winning this war, though it is both possible and likely, given his monstrous vanity, that such a realization has dawned on him only very recently - in which case, one again sees an echo of the F�hrer in his bunker, promising his lackeys the greatest upset in military history, just before the Battle of Berlin. If there is one other similarity of which we can be certain, it is that , like Hitler, Saddam will never allow himself to be taken alive.