October 17, 2007

Bush "Surge" Wrecks Portion of Iraqi Economy

Women, children, and minorities not hardest hit.

I say it tongue firmly in cheek. The authors of the McClatchy article, however, seem quite sincere.

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.

Few people have a better sense of the death rate in Iraq .

"I always think of the increasing and decreasing of the dead," said Sameer Shaaban, 23, one of more than 100 workers who specialize in ceremonially washing the corpses. "People want more and more money, and I am one of them, but most of the workers in this field don't talk frankly, because they wish for more coffins, to earn more and more."

I'll look forward for McClatchy's future article on the bleak jobs outlook for IED emplacers.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 17, 2007 07:27 AM

I guess there's no satisfying the MSM of the DNC.

Posted by: Banjo at October 17, 2007 08:20 AM

And they wonder why people think they're cheering for the other side?

Posted by: Bandit at October 17, 2007 08:29 AM

I am sure we will soon start hearing sob stories about gun runners no longer making a profit, explosives makers going out of business for lack of customers, and terrorist experts having to recall their gloomy forecasts and suffering lessened book sales. Worse still some of these may need to get low paying jobs in the 'service sector' and be unable to unionize...

Posted by: ajacksonian at October 17, 2007 09:05 AM

Maybe Hillary should announce that her new health care plan is designed to keep such a shortage of work for grave diggers from ever hitting the US.

Posted by: C-C-G at October 17, 2007 09:53 AM

The MSM: they may be spotty on facts at times, but they sure do have the "glass is half-empty" narrative down... Pessimism packaged for mass consumption will always be a thriving market. With more leisure time now than ever, people have more free time to worry...

Posted by: Nathan Tabor at October 18, 2007 11:43 PM