Adnan Pachachi

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Adnan Pachachi : biography

14 May 1923 –
  • "The press of many Western countries abound with news commentaries and photographs extolling Israel’s achievements and exploits, and scarcely hiding the perverse and malicious pleasure felt at the new tragedy that has befallen the people of Palestine. What can the meaning of all this be? Perhaps, in due course, some introspective and compassionate minds in the West might invest some time in soul-searching to analyse this curious phenomenon of Western, almost tribal, jubilation at Arab agony. Can it be that the temporary triumph of Zionist arms offers emotional compensation to some sections of the Western public for the post-Second World War retreat of Western colonialism before the advancing tide of Afro-Asian nationalism? Indeed, can we forget that Zionism is in fact chronologically the last wave of European demographic displacement at the expense of an Afro-Asian people?" (p. 118)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • "The Arab Americans, now much better organised than formerly, could influence the course of US policy in the Middle East. They would be well advised to strengthen their ties and coordinate with Black Americans. Both are victims of discrimination and stereotyping; together they can create a powerful pressure group equal in influence to the Zionist lobby in America." (p. 170)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • "The tragedy of the people of Palestine stands out, unique and unparalleled, in the annals of this or any other century. The Zionist aggression was not merely an armed invasion of a country and the imposition of alien rule on its inhabitants. Its aim was to destroy the Arab community of Palestine and permanently detach from the rest of the Arab world a country that had been an integral part of it for more than fourteen centuries." (p. 77)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • "With the exception of the United States, the entire world now accepts the Palestinian position as fair and realistic. The intifada was decisive in bringing about this new situation. The Arab nation owes a debt of gratitude to the young boys and girls who defied the brutal apparatus of Israeli oppression and restored to the people of Palestine their national honour." (p. 169)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • "The Iraqi people welcomed with great enthusiasm and joy the victory of the Cuban revolution, which came only months after our own great national revolution in Iraq. We sympathized with the people of Cuba because we fully understood and appreciated their problems and aspirations, which were strikingly similar to our own. A small country, rich in resources, yet its people toiling under the crushing burden of poverty and ignorance, a scandalous land-tenure system with a corrupt and despotic government subservient and tolerant to foreign interests but harsh and exacting on its own people. This was the Cuba of Batista. This was Iraq before 14 July 1958." (p. 333)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • "The United States, like every other great power, is not out to reform the world or make it safe for democracy. Its actions are designed to secure its own interests. The United States government, therefore, is ready to deal with dictators and liberals alike." (p. 334)
Iraq’s Voice at the United Nations, 1959–1969: A Personal Record (Quartet Books, 1991)
  • "The British have left nothing to chance; so that even in the unlikely event that the tribal sheikhs of the Federation should one day ask for real independence or demand the withdrawal of nuclear weapons and other military installations from Aden, the British government can veto such demands. Here then is a case of a Territory which the British government does not even pretend to be preparing for independence. It is a military base and will remain a military base whether its inhabitants or the people of the other Arab countries who are directly threatened by the base like it or not. In other words Aden is to remain forever a colony. This is a description of colonialism at its worst, colonialism which is based purely and simply on greed. I may say, in passing, that at least in this instance we are mercifully spared the hypocrisy of the white man’s burden and civilising mission. Aden is to be maintained as a base to protect this system of exploitation and greed." (p. 206)