Arabism’s racism against Kurds in “modern, moderate” Iraq
wpr ^ 03-10
Allawi’s uphill climb got even steeper when Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, a key leader in Allawi’s bloc, went on al-Jazeera after the election to say that Iraq’s president must be an Arab. Kurds reacted with outrage, while Maliki aides fanned out in the media to praise Talabani and deplore the racism behind Arab opposition to a Kurdish president. This aggravated Allawi’s liabilities: Though not anti-Kurd himself, much of his bloc is. Al-Itthad, a newspaper published by Talabani’s party, did not fail to notice, quoting Maliki representative Safiya Suhayl on March 10 praising Talabani. Allawi and Hashemi travelled to the Kurdish capital of Irbil over the weekend to try to make amends.
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