8th February 1963
president Abdul-Kareem Qasim is ousted in acoup led by the Arab Socialist Resurrection Party (the first Ba’athist “revolution”, later to be called the “fair maiden” of all revolutions), Abdul-Salam Arif becomes president and kicks out the Ba’athists 10 months after they have put him in the president’s seat. Saddam is among the group who attacked adul-karim’s car in al-rasheed street.
17th July 1968
the second Ba’athist led coup, Arif is ousted, General Ahmad Hassan Al-bakir becomes president, Saddam Hussein is vice president.
16th July 1979
Al-Bakir “resigns”, Saddam Hussein becomes president of the Republic of Iraq.

We get a public holiday to contemplate how could there have ever been people who were fooled by Ba’athist ideology.
One Arab nation with an eternal message.
Unity (wahda)
Freedom (huria)
Socialism (ishtirakia)
Sometimes when talking to someone who was there during all this, the generation which had a chance to go out in the streets and affect change, it just slips out:

– Salam Pax: “you were tricked and used, you realize this.”
– Parental-Unit: “yes, now what? do you want an official apology?”
– Salam Pax: “no just wanted to make sure you acknowledge it”

only my commie uncle starts shouting abuse at me 🙂

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