Saddam Hussein has a lot of enemies, and according to some sources, at least, goes to remarkable lengths to hide himself at all times, impending war or not. I heard an interview on the radio with the author of a book about Hussein, which I can’t find a link to now. There was a story in the Atlantic Monthly about Hussein that touched on similar themes, though.
The author on the radio claimed, among other things, that Hussein keeps a staff of impersonators to make many of his public appearances and to distract and confuse anyone looking for him. All of his palaces make preparations for his arrival and dinner every evening, so that it’s impossible to tell where he will choose to stay. Supposedly, he often travels secretly and alone while an elaborate motorcade guards one of his doubles, to create a distraction.
Saddam’s real fear has always been betrayal from within his own country or government, and he acts like it.