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July 17, 2006

Interactive map of the current Israel v. Hezbollah crisis

part of the NYTimes interactive map

The New York Times website has a nicely designed interactive map of the escalation of events that led to the current Mideast crisis. You can start with the capture of an Israeli solder on June 25, and go from event to event all the way up to July 14th(*), with each event highlighted on a scrolling map. It's fascinating to click on each event in sequence and watch the map scroll to and fro...you get a sense of how the conflict is being waged on multiple fronts at once.

(*) The map doesn't show the latest events of the last three days. I bet they'll get an updated version online, but the URL will no doubt be different than the one I link to above.

Looking at the map, I'm also struck with what a small area all of this is going in... a strip of about 120 by 30 miles... and the whole world is watching. More than anything else, it reminds me of a toothache...an intense amount of misery, that's all coming from this tiny tiny cluster of nerves.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at July 17, 2006 07:40 AM