The History Of Saddam Hussein

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Economic and cultural turmoil within a nation always has a source. Iraq, a nation currently suffering violence due to the nation’s history, has been brought to its current state with the rise and fall of Saddam Hussein’s rule. The introduction of the Arab Ba’ath Socialist Party in 1968 led to the promotion of the genocide of the Kurdish citizens living in the nation (“Kurdish Revolt”). The Ba’ath Party blamed many of the non-Arab Kurds for a majority of the problems occurring in the Arab states which resulted in the genocide (“Kurdistan Democratic Party”). This was just part of the extreme ruling methods Saddam Hussein used to maintain power. In addition, Saddam Hussein was extremely manipulative and used this skill to his advantage to gain for his personal self-interest. By not ratifying the the boundaries between Kuwait and Iraq although these boundaries were clearly states within letters between the two governments, it allowed Saddam Hussein to step in and use this to his advantage to take over Kuwait (“Iraq Until the 1958 Revolution”). Saddam Hussein is often known as Saddam Hussein’s ruthless dictatorship of extreme and repressive rule, alliances that ensured the continuation of his control, and his numerous refusals to comply with international regulations prompted foreign involvement against Iraq. Through Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical rule, ethnic and religious groups were subject to repression that ultimately involved foreign nations. One such group was the Kurdish people living in Iraq. Originally living in the nation of Kurdistan, a nation eliminated by the Allied Powers after World War I, over 20 million Kurds lived in parts of Iran, Iran, Turkey, and Syria (PBS). The Kurds were often used as pawns in Middle Eastern polit... ... middle of paper ... ...q. Hussein spent months in hiding, however he was later found. He was charged with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. He was then sent back to Iraq to face his death sentence: he was hung just north of Baghdad, at the Kadhimiya military base (EuroNews). It is clear that Hussein was willing to sacrifice the well being of his people and break alliances with strong allies as well as refuse demands from the United Nations Security Council to maintain control. Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical rule oppressed ethnic and religious groups in the Middle East, enabled him to make alliances that ensured that his position in authority continued, and led him to believe that he could refuse to comply with international laws. All of this, prompted the foreign involvement against Iraq and ultimately contributed to the problematic situation occurring in the country today.
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