Chief weapons inspector Richard Butler on Friday appeared to be fighting for his job as he confronted U.S. officials over the revelations that Washington had used UNSCOM cover to spy on Iraq. His efforts will likely be in vain, and he may bail even before his contract expires in June. The leading contender to replace him is Argentine diplomat Emilio Cardenas, who will be kept on a tight leash by the Security Council and Kofi Annan. Meanwhile, there’s no sign of an end to the battle of the “no-fly” zones. As Saddam works to drum up Arab support, TIME Middle East bureau chief Scott MacLeod believes he is hoping that provoking aerial combat will bag him the ultimate propaganda prize -- a downed U.S. pilot.