In Damascus, they voted for Bush

The Daily Star has a compelling piece from an American teacher describing his shock upon finding out that his Syrian students voted for George W. Bush. Very intriguing

While the results of this year’s American election may have liberal Democrats and much of the extended international community shaking their heads in disbelief, a surprising number of Arabs seem to have not only expected President George W. Bush’s return to power but also supported it.
Since I began teaching in Damascus six months ago, I have been continually surprised to find support and even admiration for Bush in that city, mixed in with the usual polemics about American imperialism. The presumed wildfire of anti-American and anti-Bush sentiment that has consumed much of Europe and Asia has apparently skipped over parts of the Arab world, where people often have more in common with Middle America than they do with the Middle East.

Source: [The Daily Star]