CAIR-SAN DIEGO: KILLING HUSSEIN ON HOLIDAY WRONG, S.D. RESIDENTS SAY
Members of San Diego's Muslim community celebrating the Eid al-Adha religious holiday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds yesterday expressed fear that the observance forever will be linked to the execution of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Many Muslims who came for prayer and solemnity in the morning chill also worried that the timing of the execution could fuel the sectarian violence in Iraq.
"It's like executing a guy on Christmas; it doesn't fit well," said Edgar Hopida, spokesman for the San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.