Rough translation of the title: Nicaragua to Costa Rica: 'I'm very sorry; Google Maps made me do it.'
Seems like Nicaragua's recent 'invasion' of Costa Rica is being blamed on Google Maps, which had the border wrong. Bing Maps apparently has the border correct, although its map is being questioned as well.
Google says the border has been corrected on Google Maps.
Read the original story, part of which is below.
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 — the largest newspaper in Costa Rica — 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 in the paper.
It now appears that Pastora may have invaded Costa Rican territory before looking at Google Maps and is using Google Maps as a scapegoat after the fact.
To me, it looks like Pastora has too much time on his hands and needs to be given something constructive to do. For starters, take away his Internet access.
And now we can anticipate the near future when invasions will be launched and wars started because of crappy maps on the Internet.
Lord, deliver us!
"It takes two to make a quarrel but only one to end it." -- Nicaraguan proverb