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see us fly on wings of doom -- holy war!
we know where we get the oil from: II
the last time was such a good time
we know where we get the oil from
Saturday, May 05, 2007
fighting the bigots:
Ah, for the days when the oil law was a reconciliation measure. Now, it's looking more like a prison-yard shanking. The Kurdistan Regional Government pressed the fight against the law yesterday in an unexpected manner: calling an advocate of centralization a racist.
Issam al-Chalabi was Iraq's oil minister from 1987 to 1990. He now lives in Amman as an oil-industry analyst, and he's been a critic of the law for not granting the Iraqi National Oil Company enough control. (The Kurds oppose the law for giving INOC too much control.) Recently, he sent colleagues a rather innocuous e-mail describing Kurdish objections to the draft and concluding that, accordingly, "this brings back the whole issue to square one." Someone then put the e-mail on the internet with the subject heading "Back to square one, Kaka! ... have some oil..."
"Kaka" is apparently a racial slur against the Kurds during Saddam's time. It's analogous to a white man calling a black man "boy." The Kurdish oil minister released a statement saying:
The KRG regrets that this language is still in circulation amongst some Iraqis. We understand that Mr. Al-Chalabi has a point of view on the oil law which he has a right to express, but the publication of this point of view with a racist slur is not acceptable. We call on Mr. Issam Al-Chalabi to clarify the circumstances of the publication of his email. We call on Mr. Issam Al-Chalabi and his colleagues to reconcile themselves to a new Iraq in which all ethnicities and sects have equal protection under federal and regional law and are deserving of equal respect.A great slight of hand here. Ashti Hawrami, the Kurdish minister, isn't directly accusing Chalabi of using the slur himself, but Hawrami goes even further by associating centralization with anti-Kurdish racism. Smell the reconciliation.