Saddam Hussain behaved very strangely before Gulf War Part Duex, why?
He seems to have convinced his own generals he had a secret stockpile of chemical weapons (no, I have not cite). He did not cooperate with UN inspectors until it was too late. He remained a vocal pain in the butt for the West when common sense would have told him to sit the heck down and shut the heck up.
It seems to Western eyes that he was doing all he could to provoke the Americans into doing him in.
I presume that is not the case, that we are dealing with some serious misunderstanding of SH’s actions and motivations. Understanding him is made more difficult by both culture and by the fact his is a sick, sick puppy.