World At War
September 17, 2001 4:14 PM   Subscribe

World At War A map, list of current and past conflicts with detailed insight.
posted by adnanbwp (6 comments total)
Mexico is listed as in civil war? I know of the Zap uprising, but when was the last time someone died in this conflict? Similar uprisings are present in the Phillipines and Indonesia, but they are not colored yellow.
posted by phatboy at 4:34 PM on September 17, 2001

The article on Afghanistan shows the difficulty of fighting there. "Following the [Soviet] invasion, the Karmal regime, although backed by an expeditionary force of about 120,000 Soviet troops, was unable to establish authority outside Kabul. As much as 80% of the countryside...eluded effective government control...About 14,500 Soviet and an estimated one to two million Afghan lives were lost between 1979 and the Soviet withdrawal in 1989."

Also, if you're the ruler of Afghanistan, you're probably better off just not having a prime minister.
posted by kirkaracha at 4:44 PM on September 17, 2001

The list of 'Concluded Conflicts' goes back to the 50s, but the U.S. is nowhere to be found on it. If the Zapatista 'uprising' in Mexico is labeled civil war, why then aren't the civil rights and anti-Vietnam protests of the 50s and 60s, in which quite a few people died, included? And what about Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Bosnia? Does America not have wars? Are "peacekeeping with extreme prejudice" operations not considered true conflicts?
posted by saladin at 4:57 PM on September 17, 2001

I have the same questions, but I have no idea why these events are not mentioned. May be the scope is of Internationl Only nature.
posted by adnanbwp at 5:02 PM on September 17, 2001

though I suspect that many of the so called terrorist groups no longer exist, the list cites some 370. Is this the list our president plans to eliminate? Lots of luck.
posted by Postroad at 5:04 PM on September 17, 2001

This site makes no mention whatsoever of the conflict in Western Sahara.

Occupied by Morocco in 1975, a war between the Western Saharan liberation front, POLISARIO and Moroccan forces ensued until a UN brokered ceasefire in 1991. Although this ceasefire has more or less been kept to, the conflict should be regarded as ongoing. The Saharawi people have waited 25 years for their inaliable right to vote in a referendum on the future of their country, and are always ready to return to war with Morocco.

Ex-Secretary of State and UN envoy to Western Sahara, James Baker, now seems to be supporting a move towards limited autonomy for Western Saharan people in a Moroccan state. This can be seen as legitimised occupation by the back door.

I sincerely hope that the current wave of anti-Arab, anti-Islamic hysteria sweeping the 'Western' world does not result in the Saharawi falling deeper into obscurity, or being seen as a threat.
posted by trouble at 5:28 AM on September 18, 2001

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