Pakistani-Americans from Lodi welcomed the news of Pervez Musharraf's resignation as Pakistan's president.
"I have no hurt feelings. I'm happy to see him go," said Nick Qaayum, a Lodi Muslim Mosque board member. "He was a dictator."
Although there was no bloodshed, Qayyum said it was wrong for Musharraf to overthrow an elected president, which Musharraf did in a 1999 coup.
Similar views were echoed by Mohammad Shoaib, president of the Lodi Muslim Mosque, and by Roger Khan, who moved from Pakistan to Lodi in 1986.
"It's a victory for the people of Pakistan," Shoaib said Monday afternoon. "The worst democracy is much better than a good dictatorship."
Khan said it was necessary to have Musharraf in power for a while.
"He did lead us through very difficult times," Khan said. "Things change. Pakistan is a democratic country, and America would want it to be democratic.
"Now it's time for him to save the bloodshed," Khan said. "If he didn't resign, there were going to be riots. He doesn't have popularity in Pakistan anymore."
Shoaib and Khan criticized Musharraf's ousting of dozens of Supreme Court judges last year, and Khan, for one, wants them reinstated.
So what will the future bring with Musharraf's resignation?
"Two major parties will run. I can predict it's not going to be perfect, but it's a very big step forward," Khan said. "I believe that the leadership will keep good relationships with the United States."
Qayyum said he sees diplomacy as the best way to achieve peaceful relations between the United States and Pakistan.
"I don't think they're going to solve this problem with bullets, especially in the tribal area," Qayyum said. "Dialogue and diplomacy."
Shoaib said, "I hope no future army or dictatorship will take over."
Qayyum said he isn't sure what the future holds for Pakistan.
"I don't know if any good will come out of this," Qayyum said. "I hope that the Pakistani people, the educated people, can remain involved in this. I hope that the military will keep itself out of politics."