Friday, March 30, 2012

Vulnerable Geography: Iranian Prodaganda Map of American Military Bases in the Middle East

See also Israel's Point-of-View of Vulnerable Geography 

An activist hoping to avoid war with Iran sent me a map proportioning to be of American military bases in the Middle East.  The map, below, was from anti-war, paleoconservative, racist Lew Rockwell.  A submitter noted "Could this be a reason they hate us?"

The map makes it look like Iran has a vulnerable geography surrounded by American military forces.  The impression many get from the map is how Iran is under siege.

However, this is meant to be a map of power.  First off, the map was made by Iranians to show American military installations in range of Iranian missiles (American link/original Iranian link).  Secondly, the map is a lie.  The map maker claims an American military presence where there are none or maybe just a liaison officer.  There once was a military presence in Iraq but the draw down closed most bases.  Americans left Saudi Arabia in the early 2000s.  I have no idea why but there is a claimed presence on Socotra, Yemen.  Also, Pakistani military bases are hardly American.

This map is a great example of how one map can be interpreted different ways depending on the country/politics of the viewer.

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