Fair and Balanced


This Nicaraguan solider prefers things move at a slower pace.

Remember a couple weeks ago, when we all had a good laugh about how Nicaragua had google maps turned upside down, and so they invaded Costa Rica? Those poor brown banana republicans can’t even use the internet right! 

The story immediately didn’t strike me as being plausible, I mean, how would they get internet access out there on a disputed, undeveloped part of Central America, when I can’t even cage a signal in the Upper Haight? Instead of going anywhere near Costa Rica to cover the dispute, the Western Media went to their computers to find other territorial mishaps contained in google maps. 

Turns out it was a military invasion over disputed territory. The troops still haven’t left, and it only took TWO WEEKS of Central America screaming about it for the West to abandon their colonial slant and devote a couple hundred words to untangling the issues that date back to the 1600s(!) – well really the 1850s. 

“President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua argued that the island should belong to his country, since Nicaragua owns the river along the border and the island is made up of silt from the river. “In the 1600s and 1700s, the river covered an enormous amount of territory at its delta,” Mr. Ortega told the newspaper this month. “And as the zone has dried, the river has moved and (Costa Rica) has continued to advance and take possession of terrain that doesn’t belong to it.”  “Nicaragua has the right to dredge the San Juan River to recover the flow of waters that existed in 1858.”


Oh, and um, Costa Rica doesn’t have an army. So this isn’t really a trivial matter. 

It was a pretty crafty move by the invading general to blame google, I’ll give him that, but it sets an awful and weird precedent. How soon until Wikipedia is cited as the reason for an ethnic clash somewhere in Central Africa? How long until China checks in @ Tibet (w/ 2 billion others)?  

But that’s the news biz today in America where we have more reporters covering Four Loko and Bristol Palin’s doings on Facebook, than we have reporting from the entire Southern Hemisphere. 

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