By John Roy Carlson
CAIRO TO DAMASCUS via JOHN ROY CARLSON. PREFACE: it kind of feels to me there are methods, more often than not talking, to pre pare a booklet, make a journey, or, for that topic, to dwell a existence. One may work at it dilettante type, as a vacationer nibbling at ex perience, titillating the sentiments but emotionally starved, stimulating oneself with ambition but ceaselessly tortured via frustration. situations and temperament, in spite of the fact that, may well conspire jointly in order that, with the liberty of a nomad, you'll get away the straightjacket of daily boredom, hurdle fences of house and time, and devour existence at its resources. Prop erly directed, such a mundane existence can provide wing to one's mind's eye, readability to one's pondering, power to one's convic tions, or even convey one closer to the easy, everlasting truths of God and spirit This ebook, i think, belongs within the moment class the cate gory of the primitive. I left my kingdom really as uninformed, i'm afraid, as are such a lot american citizens with admire to different peoples and different seashores. yet all over I went I sought to the touch truth consistently truthfully, and regularly before everything hand. in every single place I clung with reference to the smells, the natural world of local lifestyles. In that spirit i've got written of the Arabs between whom I lived. i discovered a lot strong and masses evil evil bought via a feudal order that, in rny opinion, continues to be the Arab's maximum enemy and his maximum barrier to emergence from the darkish a while. i'm thankful for Arab hospitality and the kindness i used to be proven, yet a reporter, like a doctor, mustn't ever stay unaware of the ills plaguing his topic. with out wish to characteristic to myself or my writings any viii Preface exaggerated value, it really is my fervent desire that the various Armenians dwelling within the Arab heart East won't endure by the hands of enthusiasts simply because an American of Armenian descent occurred to put in writing this booklet. To them i will basically say that i've got advised the tale truthfully, as I observed it. And to my Arab buddies who requested in simple terms that I inform the truth/' i will say in all judgment of right and wrong that i've got advised the reality. enable me guarantee them that I communicate during this booklet as an American, and basically in someone potential, with out ties to or club in any Armenian-American physique keep the church into which i used to be born. Any retribution opposed to the Armenians a minority island in a Moslem sea will be an unwarranted and mindless cruelty. i've got written this ebook with the desire that it'll carry either Arabs and Jews into more true concentration for the reader; that it'll aid display what they're and what they don't seem to be, what should be ex pected of them and what's very unlikely. I pray that those historic Semitic peoples will reconcile their modifications, that Palestine refugees who, often, left their houses simply because Arab leaders advised them to take action waiting for a brief struggle and a short victory might be resettled. the one replacement to peace is catastrophe for Arab, Jew, and Christian, for none might wish to prosper by myself. jointly they might eventually construct a wealthy and democratic heart East. to stay aside, at dagger's aspect, potential in simple terms that Communism and anarchy might be the last word victors.
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Ahead of me in the line was a passenger whom I recognized by his name as Armenian. I struck up a conversation with him. He was a well-to-do merchant who had escaped from Rumania a step ahead of the satellite police. Eventually he hoped to reach Brazil. "The Turks killed my father and brother and burned our home. The Nazis killed my other brother. Only my mother is alive in Rumania. " The bureaucracy at Almaza Airport was appalling. Passports were tossed from hand to hand; baggage was examined and re-examined; orders were shouted and replies shouted back; every official managed to interfere with the work another had done or was trying to do—and all this amid an ear-splitting babble of screaming and hysterical, gesticulating argument.
Later, Yusif Bandek became an active Arab propagandist in the United States, working closely with 6 The Mufti's role as a war criminal is discussed in Chapter XXII. 34 CAIRO TO DAMASCUS Merwin K. Hart and Hart's friend, Vice-Admiral C. S. 7 Miss Newton was collecting funds for a new group she had organized, British Aid for Distressed Palestine Arabs. Among the patrons was Azzam Pasha, the Arab League's mastermind. I had only had a glimpse of Miss Newton, but that served its purpose. It was only later, after I had been to the Middle East, that I began to understand the role played by these men and women.
The very next day, however, I received not only an apology but a proof that Green was at least acquainted with him: London: The Odyssey Begins 39 I am sorry that I was unable to make the grade today and link up with Green to see you, but this is press day and I have been very rushed. I shall make a point, however, of contacting Green in the next day or two—I have a tentative mission on which to see him—and will hope to absorb from him something of what you have been able to tell him. With regrets, Yours sincerely, (signed) Arthur J.