…During the “surge” in Iraq, when monthly death tolls soared above 100 for three months in a row, [Michael] White began breaking down.
“It was too much, too intense,” he said.
But slowly, the violence began to quell in Iraq. And with it, so did the interest in icasualties. White’s site dropped from 1 million hits a day during the surge down to 50,000.
“People may be fatigued on this,” said Matt Tatham, spokesman for the market research firm Experian Hitwise, which tracks usage of Web sites. “It may be the economy replaced the war.”
White came close to pulling the plug.
Jillian had never known a father who was not a keeper of death. Ashley thought her husband’s hobby had spiraled out of control.
But when Afghanistan heated up again, White realized his job was far from finished.
“Hopefully, that won’t last,” White said. “I wake up every morning now and hope there is nothing there.” [Source]
November 30, 2009
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