1988. Though Iraq is on the brink of bankruptcy, Baghdad is jubilant in victory after the war with Iran. Uday celebrates in a nightclub by getting drunk and firing a gun into the crowd. As Kuwait's upsurge in oil output challenges Iraqi prosperity, a family lunch reveals fractures in Saddam's household, including paranoia that an insider might overthrow him. News spreads that Saddam has taken Samira as a second wife, with grim ramifications. As his family issues continue to grow, Kuwait drives Iraq toward war--and Saddam leads his army into 'the mother of all battles.' Written by
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What am I to do about the Kurds? Neither Arab nor Iraqi. Loyal only to themselves. And what about America? Should I say 'Thank you, Mister Bush, thank you for your credits, for the rice and grain, for your letters of friendship?' Or do I scream at them for collaborating with Kuwait, for squeezing the life out of my country? And what of my own people? We have spent our dollars on education and leave us open to attack. Do I invest in weapons and the army? Maybe I should forget my responsibilities...