The Baʿth Facing Particularism and Secession

Ofra Bengio

in Saddam's Word

Published in print April 1998 | ISBN: 9780195114393
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854523 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Middle Eastern History

The Baʿth Facing Particularism and Secession

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This chapter addresses the internal weaknesses and the true motives of the Baʿths in using the concept of unity. They used the concept to help strengthen their position at the cost of other Iraqi groups. As the threat of partition arose, presumptuousness turned into anxiety. Husayn himself addressed the problem and compared Iraq to a “huge ship for Iraqi, Kurds and Arabs” and warned that he would not allow anyone to “drill a hole in his ship”. His opposition to the plan that might help Iraqi particularists and secessionists is also discussed here. The Shiʿi and Kurdish uprising is also detailed.

Keywords: Baʿths; Shiʿi; partition; Kurds; particularist; uprising

Chapter.  1486 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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