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Former Iraqi General Sada delivers a riveting inside account of Saddam Hussein's tyranny, including confirmation of the existence and hiding of weapons of mass destruction. Despite being a Christian and refusing to join the Baath Party, Sada was promoted to Saddam's inner circle for his honest advice. Sada criticizes most countries and the United Nations (whose workers he accuses of accepting bribes) for their complicity in propagating Saddam's regime. But he strongly praises Operation Iraqi Freedom, pointing out that no other country would take the first step. The book has an unexpectedly religious angle, being slightly Christian-centric and paranoid over Muslim population growth in the West. Regardless, Sada blames Saddam for destroying Iraq, but remains hopeful the nation will have a chance to become a modern society, fulfilling its great historical legacy.
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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595553304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595553300
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
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259 of 286 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on January 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Without exaggeration, I must say that this may be the most important book of the year. Why would I make such a strong claim? Read on....

Author Georges Sada was that rare honest Iraqi government insider during Saddam Hussein's reign who was tolerated despite his candor ... in fact, he even gained Saddam's trust, even though he frequently bucked the will of the iron-fisted dictator. In General Sada's unique position, he was able to observe some of the worst of Saddam's behavior and trickery and confirms in this book not only the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), but also the extraordinary lengths that Saddam went to hide these weapons. He blows the cover off of the United Nations officials and their craven and corrupt complicity in Hussein's schemes to hide his own murderous intents while lining their own pockets.

As one reads, one has the sense that General Sada is a loyal Iraqi who loves his nation and his countrymen, who writes out of a sense of grief, anger, and alarm over what Saddam perpetrated. Sada's book is a timely warning against complacency towards the terrorist insurgents who would do all they could to neuter America, enslave the Middle East, and cannibalize Iraq. For all of those who have naively and ignorantly bleated about the "lack of WMDs" or America's "phony" reasons for going to war, this book is a real shocker ... a much-needed wake-up call ... a painful, but potentially life-saving eye-opener.

I hope that Joel Stein, the LA TIMES columnist who confesses to "not supporting our troops" will read a copy of this book immediately. Again, I cannot adequately convey the sense of urgency I feel about the importance of this book. Read it for yourself and see what I am talking about.
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128 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Cappetto VINE VOICE on January 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
General Sada was Saddam Hussein's top military advisor, a devout Christian in an anti Christian country, and a great man. General Georges Sada shares his life story with us and it is riveting. Sada tells us of the military secrets he was asked to keep. Secrets that only those closest to Saddam would know. He shows us just how close we were to World War 3; when he talked Saddam out of hitting Israel with a massive Chemical weapon air strike. The general know it would lead to an Nuclear counter attack by Israel. He also talks about those Weapons of Mass Destruction and he tells us, YES they existed, and that they were taking out of Iraq to Syria in two airplane shipments (he details the plans used etc.,) and also in one land shipment (in semi trucks). General Sada shows us how Syria went from being an enemy of Iraq to a an friend, he shows us the why's and how's. The book is also a spiritual journey for the general and, a warning to the west. It is a great read and I think a must read. I highly recommend it.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Bill Muehlenberg VINE VOICE on February 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book offers a combination of current events, an insider's knowledge of the mind and workings of a ruthless dictator, and the moving story of a Christian Daniel in a hostile lion's den. As such it makes for compelling reading.

Georges Sada was a two-star general in Saddam's military. But he was no ordinary Iraqi military leader. He was an Assyrian, not an Arab. He was a Christian, not a Muslim. Nor was he a member of the ruling Baath party. Yet in spite of his minority status, he quickly rose through the ranks of the military. And his role there was to in fact help change the course of history.

The rise of Sada through the military, his many standoffs with Saddam Hussein (Saddam once told him he had defied him 17 times - he had kept count), his personal intervention to save the lives of 40 coalition pilots taken prisoner during the first Gulf War, and his current work as advisor to the new Iraq are all covered here in depth.

All these features alone make the book a must read. But because of his privileged position inside the top ranks of the Iraqi military, he is also able to shed new light on much debated recent events. For example, what of the weapons of mass destruction that so many critics have claimed never existed? Well they existed alright, and Sada tells us in detail how the were hidden, covered up, and eventually smuggled into Syria.

He also gives us an insider's account of the oil-for food program. This program was a monumental disaster, with UN corruption equaling that of the dictator. The program simply allowed Saddam to siphon off nearly $2 billion for himself, while leaving the Iraqi people starving.

Then there is the controversy about the invasion of Iraq itself.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By D. Beckett on January 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was in the first Gulf War, as a Marine. I saw the evidence at that time Saddam had used Chemical Weps on the Iranians. Then , after we left Kuwait and came home, he used them on the Kurds. HE HAD THEM, HE USED THEM.

This book confirmed my fears. Only a fool would dismiss this out of hand as "politically motivated" I was 25 then, and knew it wasn't over. I just turned 41, and now am "new"" soldier in the Army. I'm going back soon. Maybe this time we'll prove our fears were not unfounded. You may not sleep terribly well after reading this one, but I recommend it, specifically to scoffers and ostriches.
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