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Iraq's 1979 Fascist Coup, Narrated by Christopher Hitchens

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Uploaded on Jul 18, 2010

Archival footage married with part of a Christopher Hitchens speech, showing Saddam Hussein's final purge of the Iraqi Baath Party leadership. You'll notice a couple of small details are different than Hitchens remembers. The audience is larger, and the confessor does not come in wearing chains (metaphorically, perhaps, but not literally.) We don't know exactly how many hundreds of party members were killed in this purge in the whole of Iraq, but of the 68 taken out of this room on July 22, 1979, at least 22 were executed (by their fellow party members). Sadly, the bloodbath for Iraqis and the region was only just beginning.

Remember: Fascism means war.

The speech is entitled "Axis of Evil" and can be found on fora.tv and here on youtube. RIP, Hitch.

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