Ambitious leads to power, yet if one abuses his or her ambitious and
power, the result would be devastating and corruptive. Recently on the news, Iraqi leader,
Saddam Hussein, is one of the good example of ambitious run wild and corruption of
Before Saddam Hussein became the president of Iraq, he was a
Deputy Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council. Saddam continued to
consolidate his power by appointing numerous family members to positions of authority
in Iraqi government. Using his position of Deputy in charge of internal security, he built
an enormous security apparatus and had spies and informers everywhere in circles of
power in Iraq. He also began to accumulate the wealth and position that he so relished as
a poor sheepherder in desert of al-Auja. He and his family, now firmly entrenched in the
infrastructures of the country, began to control the country's oil and other industrial
enterprises. With the help of his security network and several personal assassins, Saddam
took control of many of the nation's leading business.
On July 16, 1979, President Bakr resigned, officially due to health
problems, but in reality a victim of Hussein's political in fighting. Moving quickly to
consolidate his power, he took many people who considered dangers to him into
custodies. A few days later, reports indicated that as many as 450 other parties officials
had been killed. Those purges insured Saddam's power in Iraq.
Saddam has lasted longer than previous Iraq dictators because he
has been the most ruthless and ambitious. He has not even hesitated to have family
members executed if he considered them traitors. He nevertheless relied on relatives to
main his power. During his time as president of Iraq, he conducted war with Iran and
occupied Kuwait. He even ordered his troops to apply chemical...