Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Did he just call him a “Camel You-know-what?”

Sure sounds like it to me. Someone needs to recall the New Jersey National Guard from Iraq, because I think the Iraqi Interior Minister has been spending too much time with them.

It seems the good minister doesn’t care too much for “Saudi” Arabia’s Foreign Minister Price Saud al-Faisal being the Wahabi that he is and smearing Iraqi Shi’ites – calling them Persians and other such things.
"This Iraq is the cradle of civilization that taught humanity reading and writing, and some Bedouin riding a camel wants to teach us. This talk is totally rejected," he said.
Oh, and he was just getting started.
He also took a swipe at the Saudi monarchy.

"There are regimes that are dictatorships. They have one God. He is the king, he is God of heaven and earth, and he rules as he likes," Mr. Jabr said.

"A whole country is named after a family. If we open these topics without inhibitions, it is neither to our benefit, nor to theirs."
There is a good chance that when all is said and done, history teaches odds are good, these people will be at each other’s throats the first chance they get.
"If they want to push 17 million Shi'ite Arabs in Iraq and tell them 'You are Persian' -- you are pushing matters along a dangerous path," Mr. Jabr said. He said charges that many Iranians were infiltrating into Iraq were baseless.

The Saudi foreign minister also said in Washington that the new Iraqi constitution, being put to a referendum this month, could split the country apart and disenfranchise the Sunnis.

Mr. Jabr hit back at Saudi Arabia's treatment of its own Shi'ites. They are believed to make up 10 percent of its native population, and complain of being marginalized by a government allied to Wahhabi Sunni scholars who consider Shi'ism a heresy.
Religious wars can be real nasty. And these are the people who sit on the worlds energy supply? Sigh.

Mr. Jabr needs to go to the Equal Opportunity Officer pronto for training.

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