I have recently come across sentences that treat "people" as a singular noun.
He cautioned that a war with Iraq would destroy a people who were already in a really bad situation.
As a result they are seen across much of the world as a people who uphold human dignity and embody the highest moral values.
A rocket program has military applications, but it is also a great alternative to war as a means of inspiring patriotism among a people who might otherwise be unhappy about earthly economic or political conditions.
Can you explain this usage of singular people?