Theodore's World: Tensions Rise In U.S. Muslim Communities

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February 08, 2007

Tensions Rise In U.S. Muslim Communities

DEARBORN, MI, United States (UPI) -- Tensions between Shiite and Sunni Muslims in Iraq are echoing in Dearborn, Mich., and other communities.

'The Shiites were very happy that they killed Saddam (Hussein), but the Sunnis were in tears,' Aqeel Al-Tamimi, a Shiite Iraqi immigrant in Dearborn, told The New York Times. 'These people look at us like we sold our country to America.'

Dearborn`s Shiite mosques have had their windows shattered twice recently, the newspaper reported. Members of the Shiite community blamed the Sunni Muslims.

'A microcosm of what is happening in Iraq happened in New Jersey because people couldn`t put aside their differences,' said Sami Elmansoury, a Sunni Muslim and former vice president of the Islamic Society at Rutgers University, where there have been major tensions between Muslim students.

Experts told the Times that the growing population as well as the Iraq war has contributed to the tension. Decades ago Sunnis and Shiites had to get along because the Muslim population was so small that most communities had one mosque. The Muslim population has grown in many communities, and many Muslim students don`t meet someone from the other branch until they get to college, the newspaper said.

Wild Thing's comment.....

So is this the beginning of a sister city (s) to the ones in Iraq? I wonder!??!! They bring their violence with them obviously. The concern for this going on should start now if not sooner. This may or may not be the beginning of a lot worse, will they start in on non Muslims that support our fastastic troops? Will they attack our soldiers as they return on leave? They better not!!!!!!!

I cannot imagine my grandparents behaving like these people because a war was going on back in Switzerland and their leader put to death. Good grief. Civilized discussion sure, even a heated debate, but rock throwing and other things? I think not. But then my grandparents did not come from the land of cave dwellers that followed a moon god and had children suicide bombers as heroes looking to meet their 72 virgins that they were way too young for in the first place. And others whose goal in life was to behead anyone that was not one of them.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 8, 2007 12:55 AM


"These people look at us like we sold our country to America".

Hey Immigrant. You left that country, it is not your country anymore. America is supposed to be your country now.

A new Crips/Bloods type war shaping up. Hey, Homeland Security(whatta joke), send them back to "their country".

Posted by: TomR at February 8, 2007 08:39 AM

Tom I agree.

Nick's father after he came to Ameirca used to send clothes etc. back to Greece for his family still back there. But he always referred to America as his country. He was so proud to be an American so very proud.

But then they weren't Mooooslims.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 8, 2007 11:03 AM

Is that why Cook County Illinois is banning firearms in direct violation of the second amendment?

I fear the time to protect ourselves is nearly upon us. They will never assimilate nor can we ever trust them. It's that nest of Scorpions just under your bed that we are living with.

Posted by: Jack at February 8, 2007 12:40 PM

Oh my gosh Jack, I didn't know about this. I was born in Illinois and my Daddy use to tell me that one day they would come for firearms. He is the one that taught me how to shoot and did it when I was very young. It has been one of my favorite memories of being with him as we would go to the pasture for target practice on a Saturday afternoon.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 8, 2007 01:08 PM

that pic is really cool.

Posted by: fidothedog at February 9, 2007 07:32 PM