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Saddam consolidated power in a nation riddled with profound tensions. Long before Saddam, Iraq had been split along social, ethnic, religious, and economic fault lines: Sunni versus Shi'ite, Arab versus Kurd, tribal chief versus urban merchant, nomad versus peasant. Stable rule in a country rife with factionalism required the improvement of living standards. Saddam moved up the ranks in the new government by aiding attempts to strengthen and unify the Ba'ath party and taking a leading role in addressing the country's major domestic problems and expanding the party's following.

Saddam actively fostered the modernization of the Iraqi economy along with the creation of a strong security apparatus to prevent coups within the power structure and insurrections apart from it. Ever concerned with broadening his base of support among the diverse elements of Iraqi society and mobilizing mass support, he closely followed the administration of state welfare and development programs.

At the center of this strategy was Iraq's oil. On June 1, 1972, Saddam oversaw the seizure of international oil interests, which, at the time, had a monopoly on the country's oil. A year later, world oil prices rose dramatically as a result of the 1973 energy crisis, and skyrocketing revenues enabled Saddam to expand his agenda.

Within just a few years, Iraq was providing social services that were unprecedented among Middle Eastern countries. Saddam established and controlled the "National Campaign for the Eradication of Illiteracy" and the campaign for "Compulsory Free Education in Iraq," and largely under his auspices, the government established universal free schooling up to the highest education levels; hundreds of thousands learned to read in the years following the initiation of the program. The government also supported families of soldiers, granted free hospitalization to everyone, and gave subsidies to farmers. Iraq created one of the most modernized public-health systems in the Middle East, earning Saddam an award from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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I'm not going to criticize your opinion about Iraq and everything, but the video was just uninteresting :/


I won't bash you on your perception of Iraq... Even though I personally found it somewhat odd. But your right that Bush misinformed America about the reasons that we went to war in Iraq. The fact that it was only a slide show didn't help your ratings. Maybe an interactive game would have put your points out more effectively.


Although I don't exactly agree with everything Saddam did, I do completely agree with what you said there at the end about Bush. Ignorant, lying, redneck, indeed. Nice work.

Ignorance is not bliss

Although a lot has happened in Iraq since saddam was captured, it was for the better. I'm assuming you don't know that 100 of thousands of people were killed under saddams rule. He was a horrible military general, and killed many of his own civilians.

Your flash wasn't that good either. Pictures and text isn't something that impresses. Try and get something more interesting if your trying to prove something you believe in.


Dude Saddam was far from a good man, although Bush had no right to attack him.
It's not purely Bush's fault that Iraq got attacked, but he is among those who wanted that.
Every enemy of USA's government is my friend though
I just don't like the music...

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3.23 / 5.00

Nov 24, 2006
7:50 AM EST