Via the J Arthur MacNumpty blog,(http://macnumpty.blogspot.com/),below is a quote from the US based Boycott Scotland site, set up to boycott Scotland or something over the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
With typical measured American restraint the site editorial reads :
"Mr. MacAskill, the so-called "Justice" Secretary of Scotland, you should be ashamed of yourself. You know nothing of justice, nor will we ever forgive your heinous action, and it is our sincere hope that the people of Scotland will strongly voice their opposition to what you have done. You have shown to the international community that your government and the United Kingdom as a whole will stop at nothing to pursue the neverending and relentless acquisition of oil revenues."
I would draw your particular attention to that last sentence, the one about oil.
I know that our American cousins have gone their own way in developing the English language, but I would've thought that even they would've heard about that fraught relationship said to pertain between kettle, pot and drawing comparisons between certain chromatic values.