ضياء كريم علي ( مدرس )
كلية التربية - اللغة الانكليزية
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Discourse of wars and conflicts: the construction of Saddam Hussein in the Iraq-Iran war in the US pres
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Vol. 15, p. 1-28  
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The aim of this study is to investigate the US press discourse during the Iraq-Iran war and answer the following question: 'how was Saddam Hussein discursively constructed during the Iraq-Iran war (1980-1988)? To achieve this, the study employed a triangulation of corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis represented by the Discourse Historical Approach (DHA). The analysis revealed that Saddam Hussein was viewed by the media as playing on the early historical and religious enmity between the Arab and the Persians to mobilize and encourage the Iraqi people to continue the conflict with Iran. This negative representation was further elaborated by portraying Saddam as long coveting a military voice in the Gulf region in addition to constructing his personality cult coercively through his military/forces, portraits/pictures, or the media or State television station. Further to this negative representation, Saddam was linked negatively to the personality cults of Stalin and Kim Il Sung in North Korea. Furthermore, the US press reported that neither Saddam's (Iraq) nor Iran's victory were desired by the US government as the former was portrayed as an ambitious, local bully to the Arab gulf countries in general, and Israel in particular. Similarly, an Iran victory was perceived as destabilising the entire Gulf region by spreading its Shiism and influencing other Shiites minority countries; thereby threatening US interests in the region.