BAATHIST MIDDLE EAST
The Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party was a political party founded in Syria by Michel Aflaq, Salah al-Din al-Bitar and associates of Zaki al-Arsuzi. It is an ideology mixing Arab nationalist, pan-Arabism, Arab socialist and anti-imperialist interests. The Ba’ath ultimately formed branches in various nations in the Middle East beyond Syria, such as Iraq, Lybia, and Jordan.
The Iraqi Regional Branch supported leader Qasim's rule on the grounds that he would seek Iraq's entry into the United Arab Republic, although he reversed his stance, which led to a coup against him by Saddam Hussein and other followers. Despite the coup’s failure and the arrest of Saddam, he ultimately worked his way to power through bloody purges.
The collection largely focuses on Saddam’s Iraq and Assad’s Syria, since object collection has proven to be challenging. The collection highlights military and party aspects of both the Saddam and the Assad regimes.
Supreme Worthiness Medal
N.D. Brass, cotton, enamel, paint Iraq
Republican Guard Beret
c. 1990s Wool, brass Iraq
Mother of all Battles Medal
1991 Brass, paint Iraq
Souvenir Currency for American GIs
c. 2003 Cardboard, paper, plastic, nickel Iraq
N.D. Paper Baathist Middle East
Czech-Manufactured Iraqi Helmet
N.D. Steel Iraq
Saddam Hussein Plaque
N.D. Wood, plaster, duct tape, epoxy Iraq
Saddam-era Iraqi Flag
N.D. Synthetic silk, cotton Iraq
Iraqi Special Forces Patches
N.D. Fabric, cotton, glass, paper, cardboard, wood Iraq
Blackwater "High Value Target" Shirt
2004 Cotton United States