In a photo that hangs in a Dearborn mosque, a Muslim leader is pointing at
a crowd, his jaw jutted as he pounds home why President George W. Bush's
plan to liberate Iraq is the right one.
It's a still frame of Sheikh Husham al-Husainy, a reminder to him and
visitors that not too long ago, he passionately supported Bush and his Iraq
war. Two years ago this week, al-Husainy organized dozens of local Iraqis
on a trip to Washington, D.C., to counter one of the largest antiwar
protests in the United States since Vietnam with their own pro-Bush rally.
"You know how many times I demonstrated and supported the change-of-regime
policy of Bush?" said al-Husainy, the Iraqi-born head of the Karbalaa
Islamic Education Center, as he gestured toward the photo this week. "You
But not anymore. Upset with how Bush has handled the Iraq war, al-Husainy
and some other Iraqi Americans are turning against him. A poll last month
by EPIC/MRA found that 46 percent of Iraqi Americans in Michigan have an
unfavorable view of Bush, while 43 percent hold a favorable view. A similar
poll in May 2003 found that 64 percent had a positive view of Bush. Both
polls had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.