By Henry D. Astarjian M.D.
Seldom in background has a country engaged in struggle with out realizing the enemy, because the usa has in Iraq. This booklet explores, via genuine existence tales, the social and political dynamics at play in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan prior to the increase of Saddam Hussein. Kirkuk is a hotly contested oil city—a time bomb with the aptitude to shatter the delicate wish for solidarity in Iraq. during this book-half memoir, part history—Iraqi-American health practitioner Henry Astarjian unearths the turmoil of existence less than Communism then as a political prisoner in a loss of life row mobile in Iraq and an army felony in Baghdad. instructed from an eyewitness viewpoint, his publication provides the heritage of Iraq throughout the lifetime of one in all its such a lot risky cities, throughout the eyes of a citizen who witnessed dying, kidnapping, corruption, political indoctrination, and open homicide within the streets. initially a Jewish enclave, Kirkuk used to be domestic to Jews, Kurds, Armenians, Turks, and Communists—diverse peoples whose unusual reviews contributed to the wider political tensions of the 1958 Revolution that introduced Saddam Hussein to power.This ebook is the tale of the demographic variety of this urban, its political currents resulting in the loss of life of the Royal regime of Iraq. it's the tale of colonial Britains, Kurds, Turkomans, Assyrians, pre-emigration Jews, and post-genocidal Armenians, all residing jointly in peace yet with deep-seated animosities. at once or in some way all of them have been fascinated about surreptitious battles for keep watch over over Baba Gurgur, the oil fields of Kirkuk. Henry Astarjian used to be either a witness to and a sufferer of such a lot occasions of this era. The e-book additionally explores the impacts that the British, throughout the Iraq Petroleum corporation (IPC), had in shaping Iraqi society. This ebook is going past the most obvious in detailing the Soviet makes an attempt to realize entry to Baba Gurgur via its surrogates, the Communists, and their efforts to recruit the budding adolescence. It additionally tells the tale of the author's incarceration and torture in a demise row cellphone, by the hands of his early life pal Adnaan Al-Azzawi, an avowed Communist. The loss of life of the Hashimite Dynasty in Iraq in 1958, which ended in Communist takeover of the rustic, touched Astarjian's lifestyles in my view. His incarceration with the Ba'th leaders in Al-Rasheed army Base, gave him a unique examine their psyche and a adverse feel for the way forward for Iraq; that, inspired his selection to go away the rustic. ultimately, the e-book pursues the mental results the Iraqi defeat in Palestine (1948) had at the Iraqi individual and the defense force. It information the on-the-spot formation of the Iraqi unfastened officials flow (whose founders later grew to become the author's felony buddies) who, a decade later, waged a coup opposed to the Hashimite regime.