Google Maps May Start War Between Costa Rica and Nicaragua

Forget Charlie Wilson’s War. Today it’s Google Maps War.

I love Google and all the neat things they do.

Aside from killing 1-800-GOOG-411, they just can do no wrong.

Except maybe start a war between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Seems that the Nicaraguan military crossed over a river that is the boundary between the two countries because the commander was following a Google map.

The troops settled in and tidied up the place by removing that nasty old Costa Rica flag and replacing it with their own.  They set about dredging up some gunk from the river to make a canal so tourists could visit their lovely country. The Nicaraguans dumped the gunk on Costa Rica.

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.

Whoopsie! Good thing Costa Rica has NO MILITARY, or things could get a little testy.

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