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1[[quoteright:220:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Saddam_Hussein_7839.jpg]]˛[[caption-width-right:220: I do believe your mustache [[BadassMoustache is not as fantastic as mine.]]]]˛˛->''"Three whom God should not have created: Persians, Jews, and flies."''˛-->-- '''Hussein family proverb'''˛˛Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was the fifth president of Iraq, from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. Leading member of the Ba'ath Party, a revolutionary group that espouses a mix of Arab socialism and Arab nationalism. Long before Saddam, Iraq had been split along social, ethnic, religious, and economic fault lines: Sunni versus Shi'ite, Arab versus Kurd, tribal chief versus urban merchant, and nomad versus peasant. When Saddam came to power, he worked on fixing it and modernizing Iraq. Unfortunately, he was a believer in the UsefulNotes/JosefStalin School of Fixing and Modernizing Backward Countries: being as brutal as possible. ˛˛Over the next three decades, Saddam would proceed to modernize the Iraqi economy, build one of the most robust welfare and education systems in the entire Middle East, and grant more rights to women, but also order brutal persecution against ethnic minorities, particularly against the Kurds, who were murdered by the hundreds of thousands with chemical weapons during events such as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Anfal_Campaign Al-Anfal campaign]] (making him the first dictator after UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler to have committed genocide using poison gas), as well as locking Iraq under a horrific era of immense repression, extrajudicial killings and persistent human rights violations. Also famous for launching the UsefulNotes/IranIraqWar, which resulted in over a million deaths due to Hussein's ambitions to take over Iran, and the 1991 UsefulNotes/GulfWar, where Iraq basically fought half the world. He was executed in 2006 by the new Iraqi government following a [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US]] and [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British]] invasion of Iraq.˛˛It is common for [[UsefulNotes/AmericanPoliticalSystem conservative U.S. politicians]], both when he was alive and long after his execution, to mis-pronounce "Saddam" as if it was a homophone of "Sodom" (It is not).˛----˛!!Appears in the following works:˛* He is the BigBad of Jeffrey Archer's 1993 novel ''Honour Among Thieves'', where he enacts a plan to steal and publicly destroy the American Declaration of Independence. He has some intimidating presence and doesn't speak often, but he doesn't appear that much. ˛* Appears in the Creator/FrederickForsyth novel ''The Fist of God'', which deals with Iraq's weapons program during the First Gulf War.˛* A recurring villain in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' who usually tries to take over Canada. He is also Satan's abusive gay boyfriend. ˛* Appears (via edited stock footage) in the first-season ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Scimitar".˛* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': ˛** In "De Bibberballon" Nero and Adhemar fly over Iraq in their rocket ship. Nero asks Adhemar to fly close to Saddam, as he "wants to take a good look at him." When they do he drops a fridge box on Saddam's head.˛** In "De Gouden Hemelkijker" Nero has to fulfill three tasks, one of them kicking Saddam in the butt, for which he and his son Adhemar fly all the way over to Iraq to do so. ˛* An over-the-top caricature of Saddam is the main villain in ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux'', [[UnexplainedRecovery despite being killed by an air strike]] at the end of [[Film/HotShots the previous movie]].˛* He is the VillainProtagonist of the 2008 biographical miniseries ''Series/HouseOfSaddam''.˛* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':˛** Bart and Lisa beat him up in "Treehouse Of Horror X".˛** Krusty's girlfriend had to kill him in Iraq during ''Desert Storm'' in the episode "Insane Clown Poppy", but Krusty prevented this from happening, because "he's half of my stand-up comedy act". ˛** In "The Ziff Who Came To Dinner" while investigating a noise in the attic, Homer Simpson finds an old copy of ''Newsweek'' with a cover story titled ''"Why America Loves Saddam Hussein"''.˛* He's a supporting character in ''Film/TheDevilsDouble'', which centers around his AxCrazy oldest son Uday's body double.˛* Appears in the ''VideoGame/Action52'' game titled ''Storm Over the Desert'' in which his name is changed to "Satan Hosain", dies in one hit, and gives extra lives when being driven over.˛* The musical dream sequence in ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' features Saddam as the attendant at a bowling alley.˛* He is featured as a combatant in an episode of the third season of ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', where he is pitted against Pol Pot.˛----

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