Deadliest Warrior Season 3 Episode 5: Saddam Hussein vs Pol Pot - Video

Deadliest Warrior Season 3 Episode 5: Saddam Hussein vs Pol Pot - Video - FULL:

August 17th, 2011 -- One of the most controversial episodes yet erupt when the leader of the largest contiguous empire of all time; Saddam Hussein takes on the man whose name struck fear into the heart of all Romans...Pol Pot.

Saddam Hussein:
A leading member of the revolutionary Ba'ath Party, which espoused a mix of Arab nationalism and Arab socialism, Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup that brought the party to long-term power.

As vice president under the ailing General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, and at a time when many groups were considered capable of overthrowing the government, Saddam created security forces through which he tightly controlled conflict between the government and the armed forces. In the early 1970s, Saddam nationalized oil and other industries. The state-owned banks were put under his control, leaving the system eventually insolvent. Through the 1970s, Saddam cemented his authority over the apparatuses ofgovernment as oil money helped Iraq's economy to grow at a rapid pace. Positions of power in the country were filled with Sunnis, a minority that made up only a fifth of the population. Saddam suppressed several movements, particularly Shi'a and Kurdish movements seeking to overthrow thegovernment or gain independence, respectively. Saddam maintained power during the Iran–Iraq War of 1980 through 1988. In 1990 he invaded and looted Kuwait. An international coalition came to free Kuwait in the Gulf War of 1991, but did not end Saddam's rule. Whereas some venerated him for his aggressive stance against Israel, including firing missiles at Israeli targets, he was widely condemned for the brutality of his dictatorship. In March 2003, a coalition of countries led by the U.S. and U.K. invaded Iraq to depose Saddam, controversially citing his weapons of mass destruction and terror links. Saddam's Ba'ath party was disbanded and the nation transitioned to a democratic system. Captured on 13 December 2003, Saddam was brought to trial under the Iraqi interimgovernment . On 5 November 2006, he was convicted of charges related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi'ites and was sentenced to death by hanging. Saddam was executed on 30 December 2006.

Pol Pot:
Given the secretive nature of Pol Pot precise political activities that landed him at the top may never be known but what he did during his 3 yr, 8 month, and 21 day rule of Cambodia with the Khmer Rouge cannot soon be forgotten and will forever go down as one of the most heinous crimes in modern history. Depending on what reference you read the total number that perished under the Khmer Rouge regime has a large range but is estimated at 1.7 million people (~21% of Cambodia's population). Many of whom were tortured and/or brutally executed but many more died of exhaustion and disease. Cambodia's urban population was forced from their homes to work the fields in a slave labor fashion for 12-15 hrs per day. Human remains continue to expose themselves near the Killing Fields of Cheoung Ek to this day. Pol Pot ordered the execution of the educated and the destruction of vehicles. Hence, the economy has continued to struggle to improve since he left power.

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