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Friday, November 12, 2010

Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Google in Border Spat

Four days ago Nicaragua invaded a remote mosquito-infested part of extreme northeastern Costa Rica in a power play before Commadante Daniel Ortega's unconstitutional bid to remain leader in Managua.

La Nacion in San José reports an increasing Nicaraguan presence in the border area.

The correct Nicaragua-Costa Rica border shown on Bing Maps and, inset, the incorrect version shown on Google Maps. Nicaragua cited the Google map as a basis for its operation prompting Google to admit its ''inaccuracy.''

The murky San Juan River divides the two countries in the disputed area and Nicaraguan units are now dredging it supposedly to make room for cruise lines.

Or is there a military mission in mind?

Bullying ALBA Tyranny
While border disputes are a common flareup among neighbors in the international system, the bullying Nicaraguans have rushed army units into the area while Costa Rica can only muster a spartan police force to defend its sovereign territory (Costa Rica, a pleasant democracy does not have an army).

The spat is another muscular show of the ALBA, the leftist political front headed up by Venezuela to end democracy across the region.

While San José called out to the flaccid OAS for support, that could be more harmful as its record of standing against the march of tyranny in the region is poor.

Costa Rica is a bulwark of democracy living peacefully in its lush tropical paradise. Other democracies in the region need to speak up to pressure Managua to come to its senses, withdraw its forces, and stop the provocative show on its border.

The tyranny of ALBA must be thwarted again by freedom-loving countries like during the Honduran crisis last year.
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