Skip to comments.Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps
Posted on 11/05/2010 12:44:42 AM PDT by AKSurprise
"An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America.
A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica. The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory.
La Nacion, says the Nicaraguan commander, Eden Pastora, used Google Maps to justify the incursion even though the official maps used by both countries indicate the territory belongs to Costa Rica. Pastora blames Google Maps"
"A Google spokesperson in Central America told La Nacion that the company doesnt know the source of the maps error."
"Meanwhile, tension is rising in Costa Rica a country without a formal military. Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla
(Excerpt) Read more at searchengineland.com ...
Google should make all map users go through a disclaimer that the maps are not guaranteed for the purpose of directing troops at war....
Border disputes are nothing new here. There was one between Honduras and El Salvador. There was a brief exchange of fire in 1969.
You’d think that the flag would be a clue-we’re not where we’re supposed to be.
It’s a distant country about which we know very little.
Who really knows where Shermany entz unt Polant begint?
All of those ex-pats who moved to Costa Rica to get away from Obama are probably having second thoughts. If your country has a problem (i.e. The USA), stay and fight it out and get it corrected or die trying. Running somewhere else can be like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire.
The problem for Costa Rica is that they disbanded their army in the ‘70s. And they can’t count on us to help reclaim the land.
I don’t think the firearms laws are too convenient for ex pats to bring along their own protection either. I also believe they have a rather easy policy regarding squater rights, you may come home and find a non related to you family living in your abode. The difference; I come home and find someone in my house, call the coronor, there, I gather you ask how would you like your eggs cooked.
She is absolutely the softest, most pettable president currently in office, anywhere.
... but one difference is that Costa Rica has no standing army ... they say they “don’t need one.”
Yeah, my understanding is that if a squatter can show they’ve been in the house for 6 months or more, you would have a hard time evicting the squatter.
The reasoning I’ve heard is that it helps prevent rich foreigners from buying up prime property (driving up property costs), and then building big vacation houses that they don’t even live in. That kind of activity makes the poor local folks angry and envious toward the rich foreigners, and more receptive to the communist share-the-wealth schemes...
On the other hand, if you want to buy property in Costa Rica, build a fantastic house and live there, then no problemo!
Here in Tennessee, on the other hand, being caught in someone’s house is a good way to get yourself kilt. ;)
Hint, don't try this during the summer.