From Poor Boy to Dictator (March 26, 2003)

In early 1969, less than a year after his Baath Party seized power, Saddam Hussein spoke to an aggrieved family who complained that one of their number had been unjustly executed. Spurning a suggestion that they settle for diaya (blood money), they demanded justice and retribution. “Take the money,” Saddam said quietly. “Do not think […]