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I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left,
by Ahmed Ben Bella

I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left,
in my convictions.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Algeria was therefore only the beginning of something that was in development:
this is why I say that it's the global capitalist system
that finally reacted against us.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Che came in 1963, shortly after I had come to power.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Peace does not include a vendetta; there will be neither winners nor losers.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

 

I accommodated practically all of the liberation movements,
including those of Latin America.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

From their point of view, I had gone too far.
I had to disappear.
That is to say, if the Algerian army had not overthrown me,
others would have done so.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

In two years, there were 22 military coups d'etat,
essentially in Africa and the third world.
The coup d'etat of Algiers, in 1965,
is what opened the path.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

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I am not a Marxist, but I place myself resolutely at the left.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Algeria is not breaking up.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Those who are leftists, once in power,
are not different from other parties.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I am the son of poor peasants who came at a very young age to live in Algeria.
I only recently saw the place where they were born,
near the city of Marrakech.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

The French colonisation of Algeria lasted a long time:
132 years.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Yes, I am Algerian of Moroccan origin through my parents,
but all my life is Algeria.
I was born there.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

These are the multinationals, like General Motors and Nestle;
these are the big industrial groups that weigh,
on the monetary scale, much more than big countries like Egypt.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

It is obvious that taking the country from a state
of war to being a lawful state won't be easy.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

When I was engaged in the struggle for my country,
I was very young.
My horizons were open.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Colonialism is an idea born in the West that drives Western countries -
like France,
Italy, Belgium, Great Britain - to occupy countries outside of Europe.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed,
once the authorities agreed, there were military coups
d'etat that overthrew their leaders.
That is the result time and time again.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Colonialism is known in its primitive form,
that is to say, by the permanent settling of repressive foreign powers,
with an army, services, policies.
This phase has known cruel colonial occupations which
have lasted 300 years in Indonesia.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

With my government, we engaged in bringing our help
to fights for national freedom.
At that precise moment, several countries were still
colonised or had barely overcome colonisation.
This was the case in practically all of Africa.
We supported them.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south.
Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates
victims in the north as well.
This has become manifest: the global system was not
made to serve the good of all,
but to serve multinational companies.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

When someone came to ask us for help,
it was sacred.
We did not even think twice.
We helped them, even if we had only meagre means;
we offered them arms,
a little bit of money, and in occasion,
men.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Yes, my life is a life of combat; I can say that this
has never stopped for a single instant.
It is a combat that started for me at the age of 16.
I'm 90 years old now, and my motivation hasn't changed;
it's the same fervour that drives me.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I can say now: all the combatants who participated
in the fight for freedom in South America came to Algeria;
it's from there that all those who fought left.
We trained them, we arranged for the weapons to reach them,
we created networks.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

It's with them that we have constituted a liberation
front and brought our logistic support to armies to
help their countries come out of colonialism and establish
a national internal regime.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I'm optimistic because I'm pragmatic:
Neither of the two sides,
the military government nor the Islamic front,
is capable of winning.
If they continue to fight, they will both bleed to death.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I think that they participated in something that was
not very proper and was very pitiful,
not only for the Algerian people, but also for the
other people who counted on our support.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

My life has been a bit special, this is true.
I participated in the liberation of my country.
I was one of the organisers of its struggle for liberation.
I likewise actively participated in all the struggles for liberation.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

The liberation movement which I led in Algeria,
the organization that I created to fight the French army,
was at first a small movement of nothing at all.
We were but some tens of people throughout Algeria,
a territory that is five times the size of France.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

Where are the Muslim people's sponsors? Where are its
kings? Where are its leaders? The Muslim people is calling upon you,
Jerusalem is appealing to you, will anyone answer?
- Ahmed Yassin

In spite of this fact, the Western powers have never
given sufficient importance to the Muslim world.
They have always been inclined to treat it as a big
backward and lethargic child.
- Aly Khan

Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made:
In the Middle East and in the Muslim world,
suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Iran is central to our foreign policy in the Middle East,
a major player in global energy markets,
and a key country in terms of our interaction with the Muslim world.
- Howard Berman

The hatred Muslim extremists feel against the West
feeds on certain conflicts in the world.
- Otto Schily

I think race has been a burden for black Americans.
Being Muslim has also been a challenge because so many
people do not understand Islam.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East
and in the wider Muslim world for democratization.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Even if you didn't see the movie, you'd see two words
you'd never seen put together before -
comedy and Muslim.
Comedy is friendly - it's the least offensive word in our language.
- Albert Brooks

I think there has been a lack of full cooperation from
too many people in the Muslim community.
- Peter King

Do not look down upon any Muslim, for even the most
inferior believer is great in the eyes of God.
- Abu Bakr

I lived in the Muslim world for 10 years.
- Juan Cole

It's important that we work very closely with moderate Muslim forces locally,
nationally and internationally.
- Gijs de Vries

At the beginning of the twentieth century,
every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west,
and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France.
- Karen Armstrong

I'm a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me.
He would be cool.
He would talk to me.
- Mike Tyson

The Muslim world is deeply hurt by the campaign of
violence initiated against our Palestinian brothers.
- Ahmet Necdet Sezner

Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim,
Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny.
- Muhammad Iqbal

Unfortunately, more and more Muslim voices are calling
for boycotts of the United States and its products.
- Richard Neal

As you look at the flow of Muslim fundamentalism,
or fundamentalism in various areas and various religions,
they all play on the people who have very little.
- James Wolfensohn

Even as we pour hundreds of billions of dollars into
our efforts in the Middle East,
there is much that needs to be done to win the war
of ideas in the Muslim world and beyond.
- Herb Kohl

The vast majority of Muslims living here are peaceful citizens.
Unfortunately, however, we also see religious and political
fanaticism among Muslim groups in Germany.
- Otto Schily

I don't think Osama is a Muslim.
I don't think Osama is a human being.
- Hamid Karzai

I, therefore, demand the formation of a consolidated
Muslim State in the best interest of India and Islam.
- Muhammad Iqbal

A woman as the leader of the Free World is an impossibility.
Muslim countries won't talk to you.
- Geena Davis

US presidents can make all the commitments and declarations
they want until they are blue in the face,
in the Muslim world they will always be perceived as partisan.
- Daniel Barenboim

Britons seem to have given up on assimilating their Muslim population,
with many British elites patting themselves on the
back for their tolerance and multiculturalism.
- Linda Chavez

Today, the Muslim world is the poorest of the global powers.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
- Salman Rushdie

It is part of my faith as a Muslim to try to help those
who are suffering from poverty or economic or political injustice.
- Cat Stevens

Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim
schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.
- Cat Stevens

The reality in Iraq is that we are creating new terrorists
and severely damaging the public impression of the
United States in the Muslim world.
- Sherrod Brown

They are scared that the BBC or CNN may call them radicals,
so they remain soft instead.
The problem lies there, with the Muslim leaders,
not the Muslim masses.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

All I wanted with that film was to represent the possibility
that there might be normal people who are Muslim or
Arab with the same fears,
responsibilities, hopes.
- Tony Shalhoub

At times one feels that what is being said in the West
is that the fact that you are a Muslim predisposes you to this blind,
stupid terrorism.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

He who becomes a Muslim does so in his own interest.
- Abu Bakr

Muslim organisations tend to have a low level of organisation.
The communities in Europe are quite diverse.
- Gijs de Vries

We need spies that look like their targets,
CIA officers who speak the dialects terrorists use,
and FBI agents who can speak to Muslim women who might be intimidated by men.
- Jane Harman

The Muslim leaders swallow the advice of the Western
powers and bodies like the IMF and World Bank,
even when it is bad for their countries and they know this.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty,
and if we realise our responsibility time will come
soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

The attacks on the Paris Metro in the 1990s were committed
by members of the local Muslim community,
immigrants from the Maghreb region of North Africa.
- Otto Schily

I am not against Muslim schools.
But as I believe in integration, I think we would be
better off overall if we did not have denominational schools at all.
- Frank Dobson

But the weakness comes from these Westernised co-opted
Muslim leaders who just want to look good in the eyes
of the West and Western media.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

People's identities as Indians, as Asians,
or as members of the human race, seemed to give way -
quite suddenly -
to sectarian identification with Hindu,
Muslim, or Sikh communities.
- Amartya Sen


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