Saddam's Favorite General

Monday, March 09, 2009

In her book, The Weight of a Mustard Seed, Wendell Steavenson provides an intimate portrait of General Kamel Sachet, who was one of Saddam Hussein's favorite Generals. Steadfast in his loyalty to God and his President, Sachet attended military executions and endured his own imprisonment as Saddam's behavior took increasingly paranoiac and power-crazy turns. But when it came time for Sachet's sons to do their military service, he refused to let them join the "criminal" organization to which he had given his life. Kamel Sachet realized, too late, that he'd become a participant in the terror regime that had strangled his county and destroyed its people.


Wendell Steavenson

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