Iraqi Americans Waver on Bush



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
can see."

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.

 


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