Following are excerpts from an interview with Yahya Abu Zakariya, Algerian journalist living in exile, which aired on New TV on April 14, 2009.
Yahya Abu Zakariya: Simón Bolívar, leader of the revolution in South America – who Hugo Chávez is proud of – said that the U.S. derives pleasure from torturing peoples. He said this in 1824. The U.S. is a country of criminals and fornicators. It is a country that has no foundation. It was founded by highway robbers, by thieves. Noam Chomsky said this, not me.
The U.S. is a murderous country that does not believe in civilization, as Roger Garaudy said in his book on American imperialism – so no one should claim that this is propaganda by terrorists and Arab writers. The U.S. is based on the principle of profiting from the territory of others. It provides prosperity within America and sends the others to Hell. One of the most significant sources of America's strength is oil, the black gold. They base all their strategies almost entirely on it. The U.S. is ruled by intelligence officers, not by politicians.
Interviewer: Who could have toppled Saddam except for the U.S.?
Yahya Abu Zakariya: I discussed this with Iraq's national security advisor, Mowaffaq Al-Rabaie, in a private meeting, as I will reveal now.
I said to him: Mowaffaq, when on Judgment Day, God asks me: Yahya, what was your position regarding the tyrant Saddam and the tyrant America? My answer would be: God, I was equally against the local tyrant Saddam, and the American tyrant. You would say: God, I was against the local tyrant Saddam, but I supported the American tyrant.
He said to me: Yahya, the U.S. is like a plane leading us to safety. I said to him: No, sir, it will drop you in the Bermuda Triangle, between the Atlantic Ocean and the Florida Keys. America cannot be trusted. After six years – what has it achieved in Iraq? Jawad Al-Maliki is a friend of mine, and we used to meet in the Al-Amin neighborhood. Dr. Abu Nubu' is my closest friend. By Allah, they secretly complain about the U.S., and they pray that Allah will save them from this tyrant.
I know a certain Arab intellectual whom [the regime] wanted to torture. Do you know how they tortured him? They took him into a simple room, treated him kindly, gave him orange juice, and then they connected a small electronic device to his head, and erased his memory. When he left the room, he didn't know who he was, and he didn't recognize his wife or sons.
Interviewer: Dr. Yahya, how long has it been since you visited Algeria?
Yahya Abu Zakariya: First of all, let me say that I'm one of the legitimate owners of Algeria. The French army cut the flesh of my late father's thigh with a razor, and poured salt into the wound. He would say to me: "I fought for Algeria." The French army tied a rock to the stomach of my late uncle Mahmoud, and threw him into the sea. That is why I cried when Bouteflika went to the Jewish singer Enrico Macias. He went to him personally, on his own two feet, and said to him: Enrico, come back to Algeria. I say: Mr. President, I have more rights to Algeria than this Jew.
Interviewer: How long has it been?
Yahya Abu Zakariya: I am present in Algeria. How long? From one homeland to another, in search of a homeland...
Interviewer: Are you afraid of being assassinated in your country?
Yahya Abu Zakariya: The one thing that I have never feared in my life is death. Honestly.