Quotes by Iraqi authors


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"I didn't say 'former president,' I said 'president,' and I have the constitutional rights according to the constitution, including immunity from prosecution"
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"If you are Iraqi, you know who I am... and you know that I do not tire. I am the president of Iraq and I refuse to answer these questions because this court is illegitimate"
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"I am not guilty, I am innocent"
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"We are not intimidated by the size of the armies, or the type of hardware the US has brought"
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"Remember the valiant Iraqi peasant and how he shot down an American Apache with an old weapon"
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"Who are you and what are you?... I need to know"
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"We are ready to sacrifice our souls, our children and our families so as not to give up Iraq. We say this so no one will think that America is capable of breaking the will of the Iraqis with its weapons"
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"I am not going to answer to this so-called court, out of respect for the truth and the will of the Iraqi people. I've said what I've said, and I'm not guilty"
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"You know me... If you are Iraqi, you know me"
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"Baghdad is determined to force the Mongols of our age to commit suicide at its gates"
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"Allah is on our side. That is why we will beat the aggressor"
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"Those who fight in God's cause will be victorious"
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"Politics is when you say you are going to do one thing while intending to do another. Then you do neither what you said nor what you intended"
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"There is much to be said for having an experienced international jurist who is entirely unconnected with the allied invaders, on the tribunal"
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"I said I'm the president of Iraq... I did not say deposed"
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"Everything that happens is determined by God"
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"I am a part of the political process whether the multinational forces are present or not. Politics is serving the people, not chairs and positions"
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"For us, holding on to religious rules, and following them, and refraining from what's forbidden, and being diligent with our duties, what do we call that? That's what we call freedom"
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"So, if I were arrested or if I were killed, then after me the issues that American fears about me wouldn't exist anymore - and I couldn't tell you what those issues are"
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"I was hit many times in various parts of the body, including my right leg, and thank God I am recovering. I was also severely wounded in my left leg. Iraqi and French doctors will conduct an operation shortly and, God willing, I will recover"
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"It will be a war of national liberation. We believe the people reject totalitarianism"
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"I don't think that they have many of the scientists who were involved in the weapons program to talk to at this time, and there were thousands of people, engineers and scientists, they know where the weapons are"
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"The Iraqi people are living a long-running tragedy because of the legacy of the old regime, the Americans and their actions that are unsuitable for Iraqi society, and the weakness of national resolve"
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"I strongly believe that a federal structure based on administrative and geographic lines with strong powers for the federated states will be the best solution for Iraq"
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"The view that we hold in Iraq now is this - that democracy is associated with elections. I believe that elections are possible"
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"The issue of terrorism must be dealt with firmly. We must work very hard to avoid loss of life. We must work very hard to avoid civilian casualties. And those terrorists and Baathists are holding the people of Fallujah hostage. We must release the hostages"
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"Do not seek to find a reason why elections are not possible. Seek to make them possible, and they will be possible"
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"And we are grateful to the American young men and women who are risking their lives to give the Iraqi people this chance, this dream of democracy in Iraq now"
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"I call on the international community to be fair to the Iraqi people. My position is that we respect international resolutions but in return demand justice and accountability for those who stole Iraq's money"
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"All I wanted was to be a university teacher"
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