Arab News has an editorial about the psychological impact on arabs if Saddam Hussein is not found.
This was, first and foremost, a war to get rid of Saddam Hussein, a tyrant who was an obvious and easy target. While he remains at large, Washington will therefore be seen in a sense to have failed, even though regime change has been achieved. That will have tremendous psychological impact in the Middle East.
The evil he has done will be forgotten. Myth will take over. Saddam will become, like Bin Laden, an Arab whom the Americans could not conquer, a Robin Hood figure, and as such, a hero to some Arabs and Muslims who bitterly resent the US policies and involvement in the Middle East.
I don't agree. If he doesn't turn up, I would assume he died. Why wouldn't the arabs?