A View From Middle America
Thursday, April 17, 2003; 2:07 PM
A 15-minute drive southwest of the Motor City, you enter Dearborn, a social and economic center for one of the largest Arab American and Iraqi communities outside the Middle East.
This community of 400,000 Arab Americans, including roughly 120,000
Iraqi Christians and 20,000 Shiite Muslims, is a tight-knit one, bound
by religion, family, food, language, a common heritage. They
overwhelmingly supported George Bush in the 2000 presidential election.
But except for a small minority of Iraqi Shiites, this community of
immigrants from 22 Arab countries has turned its back on the U.S.-led
war in Iraq.