October 17, 2007
Success of Surge Hurting Iraqi Business
Even good news gets the every silver lining has a cloud treatment:
NAJAF, Iraq — At what's believed to be the world's largest cemetery, where Shiite Muslims aspire to be buried and millions already have been, business isn't good.I'd like to say that I'm confident that the writers of this piece were being tongue-in-cheek here, but I'm not sure they were.
A drop in violence around Iraq has cut burials in the huge Wadi al Salam cemetery here by at least one-third in the past six months, and that's cut the pay of thousands of workers who make their living digging graves, washing corpses or selling burial shrouds.