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Saddam's Secrets Paperback – August 24, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. It was shocking to learn what a big role this sadistic tyrant has had in the Middle East wars.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you really want to know what was actually taking place in Iraq under Saddam this is a must read!Published 5 months ago by James Bennett
I found this book at a time when the George W. Bush was being blamed for "the travesty" in Iraq and the enormous debt it created. Read morePublished 6 months ago by habitzg
If you truly want to understand what was going on in Iraq up until Saddam's fall, this is the book to read. I'm not about giving dissertations about a book for a review. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Joe
General Sada has a very raw and unfiltered insider description of Iraqi during Saddam's reign of terror. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Corkasaurus