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Sadam Hussein's Rule And Downfall Of Iraq

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Saddam Hussein secured his position of authority by creating alliances with powerful allies for his own personal interest. The Iran-Iraq War began in 1980 when Iraqi forces invaded Iran (Britannica). During the war, Saddam Hussein created an alliance with the U.S. (History “Iran-Iraq”). Hussein thought Iran was an area of turmoil and could be easily conquered, but he was incorrect (BBC News). In 1982, Iranian forces retaliated in attempt to reclaim their region (History “Iran-Iraq”). As a result of Hussein’s greed for land and power, he risked many lives and because of Hussein’s cruel actions, the U.S. fabricated numerous myths about him. In 1982, Iraq and U.S. became allies (History “Iran-Iraq”). While the U.S. thought that supporting Iraq would quiet the revolutions in Iran, it only proved the U.S. were as ruthless as Saddam was believed to be. Later during the war, Saddam Hussein gained control of chemical weapons and used them on Iranians as well as Iraqi Kurds (BBC News). Here the U.S. is shown to be hypocritical since they pretended not to notice how these weapons were illegal, although they clearly knew using chemical weapons was immoral and violated United Nation’s regulations. The U.S. did not attempt to protect the Kurds nor the Iranians yet changed their public opinion in 1990, when Saddam attempted to invade Kuwait.
In 1990, Iraq became involved in the Persian Gulf War, an unwise decision made by Hussein and his government. Saddam Hussein broke Iraq’s previous alliance with the U.S. and attempted to invade Kuwait. Saddam Hussein justified his actions to occupy Kuwait by accusing Saudi Arabia and Kuwait of conspiring to keep oil prices low to satisfy their Western customers. The speech’s content was unexpected as it was delivered two weeks after Iran and Iraq had met to discuss the peace treaty that concluded the war (History “Persian”). Saddam Hussein believed that with the U.S. as an ally after the Iran-Iraq War, he had the power to conquer other nations, especially Kuwait. Despite the demands to retreat made by the United Nations (UN), Hussein sent a force of 300,000 troops to invade Kuwait. At this point, the U.S. had already sided with the UN in attempt to get Iraqi forces to withdraw from Kuwait. In 1990, when the UN finally decided to step in to help Kuwait, the U.S. led an air raid and completely wiped out all Iraqi air forces using their advanced technology (History “Persian”). During the Iran-Iraq War, the U.S. was said to have aided Iraq by funding them with money and weapons. Ironically, the U.S. used their weapons to ultimately destroy the Iraqi forces. Later in that year, 1991, Iraqi forces have nearly fallen apart after being defeated by the UN alliance group, which included the U.S. (History “Persian”). In the end, Saddam Hussein’s thirst for complete power had backfired. When he invaded Kuwait, Hussein gave up the alliance with the U.S. and what they provided him with. However, because Iraq was allies with the U.S....

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