Saddam Hussein Takes on Pol Pot in Deadliest Warrior's Dictator Matchup

May 24, 2011
This week's first matchup to be revealed is….Saddam Hussein vs. Pol Pot!

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Self-proclaimed reincarnation of Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar and fifth President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was born in the mud-brick town of Tikrit on April 28, 1937. Born fatherless, he was raised by his uncle, a retired Army Officer, and soon joined the Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party when he was 20 years old. Throughout the years Saddam gradually increased his power in the Ba'ath Party and eventually became President of Iraq in 1979. In the first few months during his Presidency, he quickly sent out execution orders for his political enemies, and in 1980 launched a war against Iran, seeking new provinces to claim as his own. After the ceasefire to the war in 1988, Saddam went on to commit mass genocide when he ordered the Halabja poison gas attack, wiping out between 3,200 and 5,000 Iraqi Kurds. In 1990 the tyrant was at it again, invading Kuwait, declaring that it was in fact part of Iraq in the first place. After American forces caught him in April 2003 during the Iraq War, he was later tried and executed by hanging in December 2006.

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Leader of the Cambodian Communist movement Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot (a.k.a. Saloth Star) was one of the most ruthless and vicious dictators in modern history. Nearly 1.7 million people died from Khmer Rouge policies during Pol Pot's reign of terror in Cambodia. The eighth of nine children, he was born in 1925 in Prek Sbauv in Kampong Thom Province. After receiving a government scholarship to study abroad in Paris, Pol Pot spent most of his time being active in a communist party rather than studying. A year after he returned to Cambodia in 1954, Cambodia won its independence from France and this is when Pol Pot started getting involved with the Khmer People's Revolutionary Party (KPRP), the first Communist party in Cambodia. Pot rose to power in 1976 to become Prime Minster and, feeling that Cambodia was overpopulated, ordered hundreds of thousands to dig their own graves in shackles. Pot's targets were those who were religious, minorities, and western-influenced. In 1979 Vietnam invaded Cambodia and this left Pot struggling to cling to power, so he fled to the jungles in southwest Cambodia and Khmer Rouge's power plummeted. In 1998, just before he was about to be turned over to an international tribunal to be tried for his devious crimes, he passed away due to heart failure. It seems like Pol Pot's own motto "To keep you is no benefit. To destroy you is no loss." served him well in the end – his loss was a nation's benefit.

Saddam Hussein and Pol Pot join Joan Of Arc vs. William the Conqueror as the third officially announced matchup for Deadliest Warrior Season 3. Our next matchup will be announced on Thursday, May 26 so follow us on Twitter and Facebook for all the up-to-the-minute info. Until then, let us know who would win this great battle: Saddam Hussein or Pol Pot?