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New York's Muslim Community

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Like other ethnic and religious groups, New York's diverse Muslim community reacted to news of the invasion of Iraq with mixed feelings. WNYC's Fred Mogul talked to some Muslims about their concerns for the people of Iraq, and for themselves.

The Pakistan Tea House in lower Manhattan does a brisk late-night business, with cab drivers and others lining up for curries and sweets. The arrival of war has surprised no one - and yet there's still an atmosphere of animated disbelief. At one table, Pakistani newspaper correspondent Azim Mian is holding court, and he's not pleased.

Mian: Saddam is no angel....

Others say they're concerned about their well-being as dark-skinned immigrants during a war in the Middle East. But while they're uneasy about what lies ahead, some say they're glad things at least are moving forward.

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