He rose as a reformer, became a brutal dictator & fell as former western proxy, amidst oil concerns
Saddam Hussein rose to a position of power as deputy chairman of the Iraqi Ba’athist Revolutionary Command Council in 1968, actively pursuing both the modernisation and repression of Iraqi society. His aggressive temperament, opportunistic greed and land-grab tactics lead to him assuming a position as an international proxy against Iran in the 1980’s. With the economies of Iraq and Iran subsequently destroyed in a bitter war of attrition, Hussein later turned his strong, internationally sponsored, military westward and invaded Kuwait, sparking the First Gulf War and destroying Iraq-US relations. This arguably lead to Hussein being used as a scapegoat by the US and Britain a decade later amidst a climate of oil supply concerns, and the invasion of Iraq became the most famous intelligence, PR and political disaster of the decade, and unleashing disastrous instability that has perpetuates to this day.