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

Supreme Worthiness Medal

N.D. Brass, cotton, enamel, paint Iraq

Republican Guard Beret

Republican Guard Beret

c. 1990s Wool, brass Iraq

Mother of all Battles Medal

Mother of all Battles Medal

1991 Brass, paint Iraq

Souvenir Currency for American GIs

Souvenir Currency for American GIs

c. 2003 Cardboard, paper, plastic, nickel Iraq

Propaganda Poster

Propaganda Poster

N.D. Paper Baathist Middle East

Czech-Manufactured Iraqi Helmet

Czech-Manufactured Iraqi Helmet

N.D. Steel Iraq

Saddam Hussein Plaque

Saddam Hussein Plaque

N.D. Wood, plaster, duct tape, epoxy Iraq

Saddam-era Iraqi Flag

Saddam-era Iraqi Flag

N.D. Synthetic silk, cotton Iraq

Iraqi Special Forces Patches

Iraqi Special Forces Patches

N.D. Fabric, cotton, glass, paper, cardboard, wood Iraq

Blackwater "High Value Target" Shirt

Blackwater "High Value Target" Shirt

2004 Cotton United States