The geography of conflict: a blogger maps out the Middle East for Americans

Mapping the geography of conflictGrasping the devastating impact of violent conflict can be difficult, particularly for Americans who have not experienced ongoing full-out war on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor. It is hard as well to imagine the land where missiles and mortar fly or to understand the distances between the cities and towns named in this morning’s headlines.

One blogger, Andy Carvin, determined to map out the geography of conflict between Israel and Lebanon and to measure it against the contours of more familiar terrains, has created a short video which overlaps a map of the Middle East with a map of New England to understand better the scale of the distances between the regions. Andy observes,

For Americans who are used to countries being thousands of miles wide, it’s quite astonishing to realize what a compact area of land is affected by the fighting. For example, the distance between Haifa and Beirut isn’t much difference than the distance between Providence, Rhode Island and Lowell, Massachusetts.

You can view Andy’s video at his blog.

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One response to “The geography of conflict: a blogger maps out the Middle East for Americans

  1. Gef Resolution

    hiwhile we study the geography of conflict in the middle East, it makes also sence as it is equally a challenge for mediators to find ideas to help resolve the human carnage in the middle east. that conflict is a wound in the conscience of developed world and should be considered for mediation. Though efforts in the past to reconcil the warring factions had been to no avail, lets consider what mediators could do to facillitate a sustainable peace there.Would it be out of place to form a coalition of mediators to initiate a visible move towards supporting whichever effort diplomats are doing. cognisant of the fact that some diplomats are not aware of the importance of listenning as a means of conflict mediation. let this problem challenge our hearts and career.Remain blessed.Emmy irobi (mediator in Poland)