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Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq, Updated Edition Paperback – June 15, 1998
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Children from 5 and up where indoctrinated with Baathist ideology in the old Iraq. The children where encouraged to spy and tell on their parents if they heard them backtalking the party. During Baath party rule the Iraqi litteracy rate was raised as the output of state propaganda soared. Women where brought into the workplace and the country was developed. Meanwhile, personal freedoms sank-all in the name of progress. Similar developments can be seen in the revolutionary governments of Cuba, China, Vietnam and Algeria. Development took the place of freedom.
Baathist Iraq built itself as a movement and in power on Stalinist norms. It contained both the crude violence and primitive isolationist outlook on one hand while at the same time pushing forward extensive mass education and a modern planned economy. Just like Stalin, the Baath party used the countries "backwardness" as an excuse to resort to extreme measures of violence. And just like Stalin, the Baath party managed to create a more powerfull nation, while at the same time unleashing a regime of terror.
It became necessary for Iraqi civilians to wear a "mask". One could never speak openly about the fear, violence and conformity in the society without risking being punished. So the Iraqi citizen would become like "a snail sealed in a shell". The personality becomes liquidated in the oppressor group and its values. Saddams image was everywhere. On a typical radio broadcast his name was mentioned thirty to fifty times an hour. Saddams images appeard on TV several hours a day.Read more ›
It goes into such detail about the torture, genocide and other regeime atrocities that I could just about feel the bottoms of my own bare feet being caned until the soles of my feet were completely covered with lash marks and blood.
Please read this book to remind yourselves why it was important to remove Saddam Hussein.
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Great insight into what Saddam's regime was really like. Would recommend to everyone.Published 4 months ago by Bruce Woodward
Book was very enlightening. I read it on recommendation from a lecture given by Christopher Hitchens.Published 7 months ago by Jimmy Hackett
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This book is a "Must-Read", as was his first one. This picks up where that book left off, and paints a good picture of the changes in the Iraqi regime since the Gulf War. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Walrus 305