Over Saddam's execution of all things.
As they repaired the broken windows of at least a dozen businesses and
mosques along Warren Avenue in Detroit, many Iraqi Shi'ite Muslims
wondered Monday if the vandalism was retaliation by local supporters of
Saddam Hussein who resented that they celebrated the hanging of the
Sometime late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone
vandalized at least nine businesses and three mosques, all but one
Shi'ite, according to Ali Zwen, manager of the Kufa Cultural Forum, a
mosque at Warren and Archdale that sustained $4,000 in damage.
Many of the spared businesses are owned by Iraqi-American Christians,
Lebanese Americans and others with Middle Eastern roots. The evidence
is largely circumstantial that Shi'ites were targeted, but some of the
victims say it is too coincidental.
Ahmed said, "Most of the stores that were vandalized … they're happy
for the execution of Saddam, so they're thinking it's somebody who was
pro-Saddam," she said. "They picked which stores that are known for
If the motivation for vandalism proves to be what she suspects, it
could mark a turning point in metro Detroit's Middle Eastern community.
"This is bad because this would be a situation where people are
bringing the tensions of the Middle East into metro Detroit," said
Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan office of the Council
on American-Islamic Relations.
LOL, cause , u know, that's what detroit is missing: Sunnis and Shias targeting each other.