One could argue that kings have always ruled Iraq. King Faisal was one of those kings. My mother has told me that King Faisal's time was the best time for Iraq. Other Iraqis may disagree, and obviously many Iraqis did not agree with King Faisal. This documentary (thank you Zina!), called "The Kings: From Babylon to Baghdad", is very well made. The clip below, which covers King Faisal to Saddam, is educational and is only 10 minutes long. It illustrates how oil was used from the beginning by governments to make themselves rich, and to extend their power. It also reminds the viewer that the Ba3ath party was not all that "liberal" as many people might think.