Classical Conversations Cycle 2 Week 23


Saddam_Hussein_1979Who was Saddam Hussein?

Saddam Hussein was born in 1937. He was part of his uncles rebellion group, the Ba’ath party. This party promoted Arab unity, freedom from the Western colonial control, and socialism. Hussein was part of an assassin group who failed to assassinate the dictator of Iraq, General Abdul Karem, and then  he fled to Egypt. After the death of Karem, Hussein returned to Iraq to work as a torturer under the new regime and gradually amassed power. When his cousin stepped down from the presidency, in 1979, Hussein was the natural successor. In 1980, he ordered a mass deportation of Shite Muslims from Iraq in fear of an Islamic Revolution like the one in Iran. He later invaded Iran, which began the Iran-Iraq war. In 1988 Hussein persecuted the Kurdish population in Northern Iraq and killed almost 200,000 Kurds. Saddam Hussein was executed on December 30, 2006 after being found guilty of crimes against humanity.


Iraq Iran warHow did the Iran-Iraq War lead to the Gulf War?

Saddam Hussein attacked Iran in 1980 in an attempt to seize the oil fields. The war lasted for eight years and was brutal because both sides used chemical weapons. In 1987, the United Nations called for a ceasefire, which was signed in 1988. This created an enormous debt for Iraq, which was mostly owed to Kuwait.

kuwaitWhy did Saddam Hussein invade Kuwait?

Kuwait was granted independence from Iraq in 1932. Iraq leaders would later renew their claim to Kuwait. During the Iran-Iraq War, Kuwait sided with Iraq and by the end Iraq owed an enormous debt to Kuwait. Kuwait is an oil-producing nation. Hussein wanted to raise global oil prices in 1990 so that Iraq could pay back its debt and pressured Kuwait to cut back on their oil production. Hussein also pressured Kuwait to forgive the debt. Kuwait declined both requests so Iraq invaded Kuwait and captured the capital city in one day on August 2, 1990.

Gulf_War_PhotoboxWhat happened during the Gulf War?

The Western nations did not want Iraq to control Kuwait’s oil reserves. It could also not ignore Iraq’s disregard for Kuwait’s sovereignty or its threat to Saudi Arabia due to the close proximity. The United Nations imposed sanctions on Iraq and the US met with an international coalition to discuss military involvement on August 6, 1990. Three days later US troops landed in Saudi Arabia. Desert Storm officially began in January 1991 and was mostly fought in the air with smart bombs aimed at military targets. Ground operations began in February and ended within 100 hours of the first attacks.


Other Resources: World History Homework p. 109; Story of the World Vol. 4 Ch. 42 pp.465-468, Mystery of History V.4 L. 78


Heat Flow

Radiation – carries heat through free space. Infrared waves (a warm object that gives off heat waves) moves outward until it collides with another object. During the collision their heat waves energy is transferred to the object.

Conduction – carries heat from molecule to molecule. Usually occurring through solids, the molecule vibrates due to heat and is passed on to other molecules it touches, traveling throughout the entire object.

Convection – carries heat through liquids and gases. Hot molecules are less dense and rise to the surface while cold molecules sink to the bottom. The upward movements of gas is called convection currents.

Week 23 starts at 8 minutes and 37 second



Other Resources: Everything You Need to Know About Science Homework p.117-120, Apologia Chemistry and Physics; Classical Science Elementary Physical Science Unit 11


Distributive Law

Week 23 starts at 4 minutes and 03 seconds




Adjective – modifies a noun or pronoun by describing, qualifying, or limiting – and answers the questions: What kind? How Many? Which? Whose?

Week 23 starts at 11 minutes and 19 seconds



Latin (same as week 11, 12, 23, & 24)

1st Conjugation Endings (week 23 starts at 4 minute 05 seconds) Future Perfect Tense




Western Asia

Western Asia



(week 23 starts at 5 minutes and 29 seconds)



Fine Arts

Orchestra & Composers

When it comes to Fine Arts the best resource out there is Half a Hundred Acre Wood! She has an entire post dedicated to Orchestra and Composers for weeks 19-24 and with tons of great resources. These resources include free lap book pages, free printable, music, links for additional resources, and much, much more! Be sure to scroll down the page for the resource you want. Click here to be taken there! 🙂


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