Where The Mideast Meets The Midwest Uneasily

Shoppers stream in and out of the Iraqi meat shop, running their afternoon errands. With rapid strokes of razor-sharp knives, butchers slice up beef and lamb for customers, periodically wiping their bloodstained hands on white aprons. During a lull in business, talk turns to the war--and one butcher leans absently against the counter, fingering a rosary as he stares at the floor.

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