There’s been a lot of chatter on how Saddam’s capture in a hole means that there’s no way he could have been organizing the resistance in Iraq. He probably wasn’t but for the sake of argument, it’s interesting to note what a "spider hole" is – as Dave Winer notes, it’s a term from Vietnam to describe the holes dug by the Viet Cong.
Saddam wouldn’t have used a phone or any other form of electronic communication – they would be too easy to track. However, couriers would be the easiest way to pass information between Saddam and the insurgents. It’s the way battlefield messages have been passed around for millennia.
That being said, I think that the capture of Saddam will not entirely stop the terrorist attacks in Iraq. They will cause some of the hard-core Ba’athists to say to hell with it and lay down arms, but those aren’t the ones who are doing most of the damage.
It will cause a sharp drop in recruiting for these groups – the Arab world’s honor/shame culture tends not to back losers, and Saddam has definitely proven to be a loser. There will still be attacks, but the long term results of this momentous event has finally shifted the momentum in this capture away from the insurgents and towards the Iraqi people. This moment is the beginning of the end for the terrorists and the beginning of a new potential for peace and democracy in the region. This is a cause for great celebration, and the Iraqi people have been doing just that since the world got the news that the Butcher of Baghdad has been pulled from his hole.