Ah, 1980. Ronald Reagan was elected President. "Call Me" by Blondie was at the top of the charts. The Shining was terrifying moviegoers and the whole country was dying to know 'who shot J.R?'
It was also the height of The Cold War and the geopolitical scene was much different. The USSR (that's Russia, kids) had invaded Afganistan and the two superpowers were fighting a proxy war in Iran and Iraq with the Soviets arming the Iranians and the US arming the Iraqis. That's right, Iraq was the United States' sworn ally.
It's under these circumstances that the Butcher of Baghdad himself, Saddam Hussein, received the key to the city of Detroit in a ceremony with the mayor and a local pastor in thanks for giving a large donation to the pastor's church! Crazy!
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