Leadership: The Man Behind A Demonic Image

To fathom the cruel complexities of Saddam, one must explore the world and the anger that shaped him

Confronted by a formidable coalition of arms, he fires missiles at civilians in a noncombatant state. Taking a terrible pounding from the air, he sends some of his best planes and pilots to the airfields of a neutral country, leaving his troops and citizens that much more defenseless. He parades visibly mistreated POWs before TV cameras, arousing the disgust and wrath of the powers arrayed against him. He releases hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf, threatening not just his neighbors but also his own people with ecological disaster.

Seen simplistically and from afar, Saddam Hussein comes...

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