Let's be honest for a second. There are many countries all over the world that commit heinous human rights violations. Some may get the attention of the US with the birth of the new foreign policy I have so dubbed the 9/11 doctrine.
However, the vast majority of them will probably continue to exist and merrily murder and rape its citiczens with the only consequences being a verbal chastizing every few years from the world community. Therefore, Saddam Hussein could have stayed the tyrannical leader of Iraq, but something he did crossed the line. What was it? Was it hoarding weapons of mass destruction?
Was he so blind to believe that we wouldnt go to war now?
Is he under the impression that we wont get him? We havent gotten Bin Laden. Yet Bin Laden's influence has drastically decreased.
If he conceded to the French and/or Germans that he would allow them to remove WMD (with significant progress in the short term), would he not be able to maintain his hold on his country? Is this because the actual WMD are the strangling hands?
Or has Saddam backed himself into a corner where any concession to the world community would crumble his party's fanatical zeal?