Book Review - Saddam's Secrets by Georges Sada with Jim Nelson Black
On the day after Saddam Hussein was executed for war crimes, it seems fitting to post my review of the book Saddam's Secrets: How an Iraqi General Defied & Survived Saddam Hussein by Georges Sada with Jim Nelson Black. It's an interesting look inside Saddam's government leading up to the first Gulf War, and explains how Saddam's personal greed and lust for power led to his downfall.
Part 1 - A World of Change; Saddam's Rise to Power; Betrayal and Revenge; A New Beginning
Part 2 - A Sudden Change of Plans; The Consequences of War; Damage Assessment; Beating the System
Part 3 - The War of Liberation; Insurgency and Survival; The Way Forward; A Time for Peace
General Georges Sada was a highly decorated fighter pilot and instructor in the Iraqi air force, and was part of Saddam Huissein's inner circle when it came to military advice. This is somewhat unusual in that Sada wasn't an Iraqi, but an Assyrian Christian who refused to join the Baathist party. Staying true to his beliefs and convictions, he refused to offer up advice based on what Saddam wanted to hear, but rather based on reality. Many others had been killed for doing just that, but by God's protection Sada was able to survive Saddam's wrath and Qusay's attempts to let him rot in jail. It's an amazing look at a powerful tyrant who relied on position and strength to enrich his own family and ignore the needs of his country.
Based on Sada's first-hand account of the events, it looks like Saddam came very close to carrying out a biological attack on Israel on one occasion. Saddam was also obsessed with acquiring nuclear weapons, and there's little doubt that he would have used them had it ever happened. Sada also talks about the missing weapons of mass destruction that were the reason for the second Gulf War. According to him, they were shipped over the borders to other countries. Which makes you wonder who owns them now...
While you may not agree with how Saddam's trial was carried out, there's no doubt that the blood of hundreds of thousands of people are on his hands. Saddam's Secrets shows just how evil the man was, and how the Middle East, and really the entire world, would have been incredibly unstable had he not been removed. Well worth reading...