Summary: The Assassination Of Saddam Hussein

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The despot Saddam Hussein started the Iraq war, a warmonger who overthrew the government in Iraq. The Iraqi high tribunal, in coordination with the United States assassinated President Saddam Hussein on December 30, 2006 (Britannica, 1). The United States captured Hussein and he went on trial in front of the Iraqi High Tribunal for crimes, including the murdering of 148 Shi’iahs in the village of Dujail in 1982 (PBS, 23). The assassination of Saddam Hussein was just because he rose to political power and maintained it through violent means and was a war-hungry despot, looking to conquer the Middle East; however others believe that the United States viewed him as such and that he had good intentions in mind.
Saddam Hussein’s regime of terror commenced in his ascent to political power. Joining the Ba’ath political party in Iraq in 1957, he unsuccessfully participated in the failed assassination of Iraqi prime minister at the time, Abd al-Karīm Qāsim (Britannica, 3). After attending law school in Cairo and spending time in Iraqi prison, he escaped, took leadership of the Ba’ath party and orchestrated a
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From his actions, it is clear that Saddam Hussein was a despotic dictator who had malicious intent in mind. In his rise and sustaining of power for dominance as president, prime minister, and chairman of Iraq, he used force and violence (MacFarquhar, 43). To sustain his power and violence, he invested predominantly in military and weapons of mass destruction (MacFarquhar, 43). “Iraq had embarked on extensive projects to acquire a homegrown arsenal of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Iraq had also become a regional power, and Mr. Hussein expected to dominate the Arab world,” (MacFarquhar, 44). Afraid of the possibility of losing control, in 1982, he shot his health minister for proposing a cease-fire with Iran (MacFarquhar,
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