Saddam Hussein's Rise to Power

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  • Rise of Saddam Hussein
    • Violence
      • army watching people
        • badly punished opponents by arresting, torture and rape
    • joined baath party
      • age 20
      • arab nationalism
        • all arab countries under one rule
    • Security recruits support him personally
      • when president resigns
        • Saddam is the only option for president
    • military
      • high budget
        • military items
        • chemical weapons
    • 1968, bloodless successful coup
      • ahmad Hassan al bakr becomes president
        • Saddam is his vice president
          • to implement policies
          • needed a strong government position
            • ensured most important members of military and government are
              • friends
              • family
    • saw Iraq's oil industry takeover
      • dramatic improvement
      • 1972
        • 1973
          • joined with other arab countries
            • they reduced oil production
            • stopped exports
              • to west
                • they reduced oil production
                • for supporting Israel during war
                  • increased iraq's income by 400%
                    • healthcare
                      • best healthcare in gulf
                    • education
                      • free university
                      • fight illiteracy
                    • infrastructure
    • population's support
      • parts of Iraqi society controlled
      • memberships to clubs and institutions controlled
        • depends on whether you're a member of ba'ath party or not
    • to secure position
      • combined policies like other dictators eg. hitler
        • social
        • economic
          • popularity and support
            • social

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