April 26, 2006

The Incredible Bloody Borders Project

I have added a link to Baron Bodissey's (of Gates of Vienna fame) incredible Bloody Borders Project to my sidebar. In the Baron's own words:
September 11th captured our attention. Prior to that, few in the West had taken serious notice of the extent and virulence of Islamic terrorism. It is both brutal and enduring.

The name of this project was inspired by The Clash of Civilizations and The Remaking of World Order by Samuel P. Huntington (available at Amazon). The following quote is from an earlier article, “The Clash of Civilizations?” in Foreigns Affairs from the summer issue of 1993:
“The interactions between civilizations vary greatly in the extent to which they are likely to be characterized by violence. Economic competition clearly predominates between the American and European subcivilizations of the West and between both of them and Japan. On the Eurasian continent, however, the proliferation of ethnic conflict, epitomized at the extreme in ‘ethnic cleansing,’ has not been totally random. It has been most frequent and most violent between groups belonging to different civilizations. In Eurasia the great historic fault lines between civilizations are once more aflame. This is particularly true along the boundaries of the crescent-shaped Islamic bloc of nations from the bulge of Africa to central Asia. Violence also occurs between Muslims, on the one hand, and Orthodox Serbs in the Balkans, Jews in Israel, Hindus in India, Buddhists in Burma and Catholics in the Philippines. Islam has bloody borders.”
The goal here is to represent graphically the geography and the intensity of the violence on these “bloody borders.”

For decades before the Fall of 2001 Islamists terrorized their neighbors. However, the Bloody Borders Project is concerned solely with the violence since 9-11.
A MUST read!