Defeating Saddam At Home

On the streets of Iraq one thing is clear, Saddam Hussein remains in control. Who or what it will take to remove him from power remains a difficult question to answer as CBS News Correspondent Allen Pizzey reports.

A hospital became the scene of an anti-sanctions demonstration Thursday in Baghdad.

Anywhere else in the world this anger would probably be directed at the government. In Iraq anger, like everything else, is controlled by the government.

This is just one example of the difficulties facing any scheme to get rid of Saddam Hussein.

Government-controlled newspapers heap scorn on Washington's efforts to overthrow Saddam. Newspapers mention the plots freely because no one here would dare act on them now. It's been tried before.

In 1991,

as the dust of Desert Storm settled, the Shi'ites of southern Iraq and the Kurds of the north took up the call by U.S. President George Bush to overthrow Saddam.

Both revolts were smashed brutally while America watched. Hundreds of thousands of Kurds were driven into Turkey and Iran.

In 1996 a CIA operation costing millions of dollars to back Iraqi opposition groups in northern Iraq was crushed when Saddam sent troops and armor into the U.S.-declared "safe haven".

Hundreds of Iraqis who worked for these groups were killed or forced into exile. Saddam's troops are still there.

Now, a hundred million dollars has been earmarked to try yet again.

Part of the scheme includes "Radio Free Iraq". Based in the Czech republic, this effort broadcasts anti-Saddam information into Iraq.

"News begins every single program. News about Iraqis, designed by Iraqis for the Iraqi people." says David Newton the director of Radio Free Iraq.

In Iraq just tuning in this radio signal is dangerous so there is no way to know how may people hear Radio Free Iraq or believe it.

Iraqi law defines anyone who works with or supports foreigners deemed to be acting against the state as a traitor.

Every Iraqi knows that offense carries only one penalty, the penalty of death.

Reported By Allen Pizzey