[Marxism] Saddam Hussein's former officers in ISIS are into Salafism as well

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Nov 23 05:44:03 MST 2015

Jason Burke: I was in Iraq in the 90s on a number of occasions and the 
vision from outside was of the secular Baathist state of Saddam Hussein. 
Whereas he had already by the mid-90s worked out that the broad shifts 
in the rest of the Arab world were towards a much more religious posture 
— culturally, politically, otherwise — and he was tacking very much that 

I don’t think for a moment that he himself was in any way pious, but he 
launched a “faith campaign” as he called it. He talked about building 
the biggest mosque in the world. There was some huge construction under 
way in Baghdad that I used to go and look at. He talked about writing 
the Quran in his own blood. There was lots of religious programming on 
the TV.


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