And I will also guess that you have to be one of those bright, extremely inteligent, freedom-loving, proud americans, who constitute a big portion of the U.S. , who support the War On Terror and keep an eye on the domestic and world affairs and always know when and where an injustice is being done and never watch mind-numbing, spirit-crushing tv game shows, stuffing junk food into their mouths.
I also guess that you must be one of those proud and really spiritually integrated and again very inteligent americans, who are perplexed, flabbergasted, dumbfounded and probably puzzled and mystified by the irrational, insane and unreasonable phenomenon of not being liked and even hated by the overwhelming majority of the people of the world, who for this reason most likely are just outright racists or are just jealous of your science and technology achievements this being based on their primitive level of thinking about the mechanism of the social progress and poor understanding of the economic and political life and all of this probably a result of some inferiority-complex of theirs or just of their not knowing the great formula of success that democracy means freedom and vice versa.
God bless America!
At the writing of this book, the two main superpowers of the world were the U.S.S.R and the U.S.A. Frank Herbert focused on the future. The book is full of Muslim terms. The hero of the book is called the "Mahdi"- the Muslim Messiah.
An interesting similarity to the present time (2004)
The defeated Caesar is called "Shaddam". The world in which the battle takes place is called "Arrakis". The battle is for the control of the "Spice m'lange". Now just change the name "Shaddam" to "Saddam", "Arrakis" to "Iraq" and the "Spice M'lange" to "oil".
1. It's in the Middle East.
2. His dad had already tried and failed to get rid of Saddam.
3. He's a crap president, and war detracts attention from this
Supposedly in posession of super-powerful WoMDs, which as of yet have not been found.
After the collapse of the Ottoman (Turkish)empire, Europe carved up international boundaries and in the course of restructuring had created the modern country of "Iraq". Doomed to failure from the start, this artificially-created country was home to many disparate ethnicities and religions. Internal conflict was inevitable.
The rise of the Baath party (and its inevitable fall at the hands of the American-led coalition) was a response to this conflict.
There is no single language spoken in Iraq. Standard Arabic is most commonly used with Kurdish, Turkmen, Assyrian and Farsi spoken by a minority of the population.
Iraq is also the birthplace of many of the ancient middle-eastern civilizations: Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian etc.