According to the tranlation here Saddam Hussein says:
“The important thing is that the debate should be heard in a normal and correct way, but in the UN the voice of people are not always heard. I do not mean, by the debate, that Mr. Bush and I deliver speeches; we should sit together as we are doing now with you, with the difference that each one of us would be in a different location, and I would ask him questions he would ask me questions. I would explain Iraq’s position, and he the US position. He would explain why does he want to go to war, and I would explain why do we hold on peace and defend Our dignity, sovereignty, and rights, in away that the American, Iraqis and other peoples would hear us in a direct and honest way and without pre-written speeches. The citizens want to see a direct and live dialogue. I think this applies to the psychology of American just as it does for Iraqis. The peoples do not want to listen to speeches, but to a dialogue where each party presents his reasons and counter reasons. The debate should air live and in its totality from American and Iraqi TV.”
This seems like a reasonable proposal.
(1) Is Bush afraid to debate Saddam Hussein? (2) Why?
My answer: Bush is afraid because he knows he would lose.