Adnan Pachachi

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Adnan Pachachi : biography

14 May 1923 –
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • "My country, like many other Arab countries, has long suffered from foreign interference in its internal affairs. Moreover, as is well known, there are few areas in the world which have been afflicted as much by foreign military bases. These bases have been, and are still being, used to prevent parts of our Arab homeland from attaining freedom and independence. These bases are primarily used to maintain unequal relationships and protect positions of influence." (p. 77)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • On the establishment of Israel: "This conflict arose because Zionists planned to establish a state in a country overwhelmingly Arab in population, in land-ownership, in language and in culture. Such intent was bound to be opposed by the Arabs. What nation in the world gives up its homeland to accommodate another? But according to Zionist mythology, Arab resistance against the Zionist intent to take away their country is itself aggression.The Zionists want to act against the Arabs and, at the same time, prevent the Arabs from reacting in the only way in which, given the divine dignity of the human soul, the Arabs can react in response to the Zionist action against them. War did not start in the Middle East when President Nasser recovered Arab sovereign rights at Sharm el Sheikh, thus wiping out the last vestiges of the tripartite aggression of 1956. Nor did it start with the desperate and heroic attempts of the people of Palestine to resist the Zionist occupation of their ancestral homeland. War was first declared in Palestine by the Zionists in 1897 at the first Zionist Congress meeting in Basle, at which it was decided to establish a Jewish state in a country which was 99 per cent Arab in population and land-tenure. The Zionist declaration of war against the Arabs was repeated more blatantly in the great collusion with the British government in the Balfour Declaration of 1917. For thirty years, under Zionist direction and behind the might of the British Empire, the infrastructure of the Jewish state was established in Palestine in the teeth of Arab resistance. Every Jew who entered Palestine between 1918 and 1939 did so at the points of British bayonets. The Palestine Arab rebellion of that period was directed against British imperialism for its forcible sponsorship of Zionism." (p. 124)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • "It will be recalled that the conflict between the late Patrice Lumumba and the colonialists arose primarily because of the effects of Belgium and its trusted tool, Tshombe, to dismember the Congo and violate its territorial integrity. Lumumba saw very clearly from the beginning that there would be no hope for the Congo unless its unity was preserved. He wanted to create from the diverse ethnic groups in the Congo a unified nation which would take its rightful place in Africa and the world at large. But that was a prospect that did not suit the Belgians and their friends. They wanted to see a weak and divided Congo deprived of the source of its wealth in Katanga, which as President Nkrumah said, was developed by the blood, sweat and sacrifice of the Congolese people. It is for this reason that our people and so many other peoples in Asia, Africa and elsewhere saw in Lumumba the eloquent and true representative of the progressive force of dynamic African nationalism which, despite temporary set backs, is forging ahead with a strong Africa united by the common heritage of its people and sustained by its determination to ensure for itself and its descendants a life of freedom and dignity, to which they have fervently aspired and which has been denied to them for so long." (p. 326)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)