Hot Spots of the World

by Steve on May 21, 2007

Just in case you’re wondering what’s going on out there outside of your little cocoon. Complete with all the bells and whistles such as scrolling, zoom, and you can switch from map mode to satellite image. Go take a gander. H/T to Bill for sharing.


Deborah Aylward May 21, 2007 at 18:39

I’m speechless, sir.

The main stream media waste our time on drivel most of the time, except for the continuous feed of negative news from Iraq and Afghanistan, former Pres. Carter is apparently going through some form of manopause, and NONE of these incidents are being analyzed/discussed/reported upon by the so-called “national security experts”.

Viewing those incidents on a global map is truly frightening.

Veritas et Fidelis Semper

Skippy-san May 22, 2007 at 0:47

Seems to me what the map proves is that in spite of Iraq being the “central front in the war on terror”, the terrorists are still finding ways to get out and about.

So you have proven James Fallows right again.

Kris, in New England May 22, 2007 at 5:46

Lex has posted this before – but it never fails to amaze & frighten me when I look at it.

lex May 22, 2007 at 14:30


The thing about a “central front” is the language implies the existence of others.

Something you probably understood, but elided in the service of your larger goal of getting the troops back home where they can really get busy fighting the war on terror. Or something.

Skippy-san May 23, 2007 at 4:11


You really need to read Fallows. His central point is that the concept of a “war” on terrorism, which implies an eventual victory over them, is flawed from the gitgo. We need to declare victory then go forward with a coordinated policy that advances US interests ahead of others.

The “model” for fighting terrorism is what we are doing in PI and HOA-plus our efforts to contain both econmically politically the flow of money and bad ideas across borders.

You don’t win against terrorism in the long run until you attack the root causes that allow nations to become susceptible to it-which is mainly the econmomic disparity between the industrial nations and the non industrial ones. When people have decent lives, incomes , and places to live they have less incentive to blow themselves up. Asia proves that-and because PI and Indoneasia can’t bridge that gap is why they have problems.

The troops need to come home from Iraq because their role as a catalyst in the country is done-Iraq either sinks or swims on its own. Over the long haul, the econmic injustice that exists in the world has got to be corrected-or we are in for bigger problems down the pike.

That’s not my idea but the idea of folks who are a lot smarter than me.

AttackPuke July 23, 2007 at 16:36

Dear Skippy-san,

Since when has the econmic [sic] injustice you mention been proven as the root cause of anything? After all, creating a planet-sized shopping mall festooned with 5+ billion “happy” shoppers, while entirely possible at the current rates of expansion, is not necessarily paradise. Nor would it be free of people that want to make all infidel’s bodies look like cherry pies thrown against the wall in a purple rage.

Think again. And try to think of “institutionalized terrorism,” because THAT is the enemy.

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