Saddam Hussein - Rule & Misrule in Iraq

Saddam Hussein's rule over Iraq was marked by both achievements and atrocities. During his presidency, Iraq experienced significant economic growth and development, with a focus on modernization and industrialization. Hussein implemented several ambitious projects, including the construction of dams, roads, and hospitals, and he invested heavily in education and healthcare. However, his rule was also characterized by severe human rights abuses, including suppression of political dissent, arbitrary arrests and detention, and the use of torture and executions. Hussein's regime was accused of committing numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity, culminating in the brutal suppression of the 1991 Shiite uprising and the infamous Anfal campaign against the Kurds, which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.