Adnan Pachachi

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Adnan Pachachi : biography

14 May 1923 –

Events of 2003–2004

In February 2003 he reportedly described the George W. Bush Administration’s foreign policy hawks as a "Zionist lobby". Pachachi dismissed US plans to redraw the map of the Middle East to benefit Washington and set up an American military administration in Baghdad. "These statements come from the Zionist lobby in the United States which thinks that overthrowing Saddam Hussein will bring Arab reconciliation with Israel. That is stupid because if a democratic regime is created in Iraq, it will display greater hatred for Israel. This lobby is opposed to me playing any role in Iraq, through the instigation of Ahmad Chalabi” Pachachi said.. – DAWN – International; February 16, 2003 Unlike Ahmad Chalabi who had sought the support of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Pachachi said there would not be any relations between Iraq and Israel, as this would be antithetical to Iraqi interests.. – HAARETZ.com – Nathan Guttman; 07/04/03

On February 15, 2003, David Frum, a speechwriter for US President George W. Bush described Pachachi as "an old-fashioned pan-Arabist" stating "Mr. Pachachi is more than 80 years old and in many ways a very disturbing figure–for three decades he advocated the annexation of Kuwait to Iraq." American Enterprise Institute, February 15th 2003 On February 24, 2003, Jed Babbin the United States Deputy Undersecretary of Defense described Pachachi as "an octogenarian Arab-nationalist hostile to the U.S." going on to state that "For 30 years, Pachachi insisted that Kuwait was part of Iraq, and not entitled to independence. Now, he refers to Bush administration hawks as a "Zionist lobby." Offering Pachachi a part in the new Iraq makes as much sense as inviting in one of the Iranian mullahs." National Review Online, Feb 24,2003

Pachachi had strongly opposed the invasion and occupation of Iraq and was involved in creating an exile deal that the UAE offered Saddam Hussein in a last minute effort to avoid the impending war and suffering of the Iraqi people. Hussein allegedly accepted the offer to try to halt the invasion and bring elections to Iraq within six months, according to Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; however, the invasion still went ahead. CNN.com, November 2nd, 2005 In February 2003, Pachachi refused a seat on the US-appointed six-member leadership council set up at a meeting of major opposition groups in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. Middle East Online, 2003-05-07

Pachachi vocally opposed the process of awarding out contracts to US firms after the ousting of the Ba’ath regime and criticised Washington over the plans for a US-led civilian authority to hand out reconstruction contracts without the approval of an elected Iraqi government. In April 2003, the US government awarded the Bechtel Corporation a $680-million-contract to help rebuild Iraq’s power, water and sewage systems as well as repair air and sea ports, Pachachi slammed this decision saying "No one has the right to commit Iraq to obligations and costs, only an Iraqi government can do that. A parliament should also endorse the agreements."

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Pachachi accused the US military of war crimes during the First Battle of Fallujah which was codenamed Operation Vigilant Resolve. In April 2004, during the US military operations in the city, he spoke out angrily claiming the actions taken by US forces were "illegal and totally unacceptable" he also accused them of "inflicting collective punishment on the residents of Fallujah" which is a war crime under the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Sunday Times, April 10th 2004 On May 18, 2004, Michael Rubin a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and an Expert at Wikistrat attacked Pachachi, claiming he had "supported the public execution of Baghdad Jews in 1969" he also accused Pachachi of speaking "fondly of militant Sunni Islamist Muhammad Ayash al-Kubaisi." Rubin went on to claim that "like UN Special Envoy to Iraq Lakhdar Brahimi, Pachachi is a 1950’s-style Arab nationalist" FrontPageMagazine.com, May 18, 2004 this criticism of Brahimi and Pachachi was echoed by Washington favourite Ahmad Chalabi. by Patrick Seale, Rense.com While serving as the United Nations envoy to Iraq, Brahimi described Israeli policy as "the big poison in the region." BBC NEWS, April 23rd 2004 On May 14, Michael Rubin made clear further his support for Ahmed Chalabi writing "Chalabi may be a controversial figure and a lightening rod for criticism, but unlike figures like Muqtada al-Sadr and Abdul Aziz Hakim, Chalabi has always voiced his dissent peacefully. Unlike Adnan Pachachi, he has never called for the elimination of a neighboring Arab state or condemned the United States." American Enterprise Institute, May 21st 2004