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Saddam Hussein (Abused Or Abuser) His Rise To Power.

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Saddam Hussein (abused or abuser) His Rise To PowerHave you or anyone you know ever been a victim of mental, physical, or sexual abuse? If so I'm sure you are familiar with the psychological damage such issues create.I know this subject will be a touchy area for a lot of people. It affects us politically, hurts us mentally, and spurs us to take some form of physical action. The concept that I want to present you with today is not offered as an excuse, a justifiable reason, or even an acceptable explanation. It is meant strictly to help you understand what exactly it is we are up against.I would like to talk to everybody today about a person who is at this moment perceived to be public enemy number one. It is my contention that this person is not so different than any one of us. With a different kind of upbringing, we could have turned out to be the same type of person, with the same type of personality, and done some of the same horrendous things that this man has done. The man that I speak of is Saddam Hussein, and it is my personal belief that themental, physical, and emotional abuse he suffered as a child is the driving force behind his obsessive political career and violent behavior.I have recently had the opportunity to research and study Saddams childhood and his political rise to power, and due to some of my own personal experiences and my path of self enlightenment it occurred to me that the two are directly linked and fuel one another. I turned in a report on this same issue in another class, but today I would like to present it to you verbally in a little stronger form. Without taking up any more of your time I'll take you generally through Saddams early childhood, his political rise to power, and attempt to identify for you how his childhood affected his future and his decisions.The president of Iraq (Saddam Hussein) was born on April 28th, 1937 near the town of Takrit, in a small village called Al-Auja. His birth father (Hussein Al Majid) abandone him (Some people would have you believe he was killed) him and his mother shortly after Saddam was born. (Due to her abandonment issues triggered by her husbands' departure she was ashamed of her son and could not stand his presence, so she basically ignored him.) She raised Saddam by herself in the sunny Muslim part of Iraq (approximately 100 miles North of Baghdad) until she remarried.Abraham Hassan became Saddams step-father and was mentally and physically abusive to Saddam, forcing him to work long hours in the fields, refusing to let him go to school, and made him steal sheep and chickens to be sold later. This abuse continued untilSaddam was 10 years old, when he was allowed to move and live with his uncle (Khayrallah Tulfah) in Baghdad in 1947.Once Saddam was in Baghdad and started to learn to read and write he also became a sympathizer of his uncles cause because his uncle had been ejected (or rejected) from the Iraqi army for supporting a "Pro Nazi" coup attempt that failed. Saddam...

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