"Our people and armed forces are determined to continue the struggle. . . . A lot of people still don't know the real capability of our army."
Although some analysts characterized the tone of Thursday's speech as relatively moderate, it came against a distinctly hard-line backdrop at home.
Hours before Hussein's early evening speech, Baghdad's nearly 4 million residents were treated to a litany of militant rhetoric in the capital's state-run daily newspapers. And, on a day that Hussein insisted was one devoted to efforts toward peace, their editorials spoke only of war.
Al Jomhuriya, the government's daily paper, told its readers that "all Iraq is one army, which has a beginning but no end. . . . They are all ready for the biggest, the fiercest battle ever in the history of Arabs and Muslims." The army's daily paper, Al Qadissiya, added that the days ahead "will bring glorious victories and will humiliate the enemy."
The newspapers did contain a first-ever reference to Aziz's trip to Moscow, but they took pains to play down its significance--and Iraq's Information Minister Latif Jasim sounded like anything but a peacemaker when a group of Western journalists in Baghdad asked him to comment on Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's allegation that the Iraqi military is near collapse.
"This is just another fabrication of this damned criminal's rotten mind," Jasim told them. Schwarzkopf's comments, Jasim said, were designed to "patch up the battered morale" of the allied forces.
"Our fire will burn whomever among these immoral dwarfs of the aggressive alliance who wishes to try his luck."
Dahlburg reported from Moscow and Fineman from Amman, Jordan. Times staff writers John J. Goldman at the United Nations and James Gerstenzang in Washington contributed to this story.
WHAT THE SOVIETS SAY IRAQ AGREED TO
The Soviets and Iraqis agreed on an eight-point plan: WITHDRAWAL. A full and unconditional withdrawal from Kuwait.
WHEN. The pullout would begin the day after hostilities end.
TIMETABLE. Pullout on a fixed timetable.
EMBARGO. U.N. economic sanctions would end after two-thirds of Iraqi forces leave Kuwait.
U.N. After a full pullout, other resolutions adopted after Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait would cease to have a purpose.
POWS. All prisoners would be released immediately after a cease-fire.
MONITORING. Pullout would be monitored under the aegis of the United Nations by countries not directly involved in the war.
DETAILS. They are to be worked out. Notification is to be made to the U.N. Security Council.