My family thinks Saddam Hussein was good which pisses me off because I know how terrible he was. He murdered innocent people. I always bring this up to them but they want actual facts and specific stuff on why he was terrible and I honestly don't know. I read some books but they were all biased and white washed by whites. If you don't mind could you help with some facts events or anything on why he was so terrible?
Well we could start by his genocide of Kurds & Shiites. In the Al-Anfal campaign he killed nearly 200,000 innocent Kurdish civilians, in the 1991 Shia uprising of Iraq he killed nearly a quarter of a million people.
The ideology of his totalitarian regime was Ba'athism which was inspired by Nazism & European fascism. He kept ‘order’ through fear, torture, rape, & murder. Cruel torture methods were used on anyone accused of dissent, women were gang-raped on video & the video was then shown to the victim’s family & neighbours, sometimes her family were forced to watch her being raped & they had no choice but to applaud. Male dissidents were also raped.
Everyone was afraid of the secret police, families were too afraid to speak to each other in case they were caught by them.
If you spoke out against Saddam, you didn’t just risk your own arrest, imprisonment, torture, & murder; you also risked the arrest, torture, rape, & murder of your family. When Mohammad Baqir al-Hakim escaped to Iran in 1980 & formed an organisation dedicated to over-throwing Saddam, Saddam responded by arresting 125 members of al-Hakim’s family, killing 18 of them.
He heavily repressed Iraq’s Shia majority, he was extremely racist against Persians. When he invaded Iran in 1980, he ordered the ministry of education to publish a book written by his uncle titled “Three Whom God Should Not Have Created: Persians, Jews, & Flies”. It was mandatory for school children to read the propaganda book.
In the war against Iran he used chemical weapons against Iranian & Kurdish civilians.
After his regime was over-thrown in 2003, mass graves were found all over the country, some mass graves contained the bodies of over 10,000 people. Most of them had been killed during the 1991 uprising but others dated to earlier & later times.
All this is just the tip of the ice-berg, ask any Iraqi or Kurdish person & they can give you a much better answer than I ever could.