Is Saddam Alive?

Gregg Easterbrook (who is a great writer) points out today that it\'s been a while since Saddam has been verified alive by anyone outside Iraq:
... it feels ever more significant that it's been twelve days since the "decapitation" attack and there has been no public image of Saddam speaking about any fact that has become known since then.
The following is a scenario I'm hopeful for:

If Saddam is dead, the surrender of Iraqi forces will come quickly and will be a surprise. Coalition forces will fight a tough battle, will enter Baghdad, will begin to close in on the leadership. The leadership, sensing imminent demise, will fold quickly. Some will attempt to flee, some will commit suicide, some will die fighting.

Soon, we shall see if the mustachioed one is still alive.