Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Accidental War

Russia now says it was just a mistake:
"The soldiers really did participate in a patrol of a section of the Russian-Ukrainian border, crossed it by accident on an unmarked section, and as far as we understand showed no resistance to the armed forces of Ukraine when they were detained," a source in Russia's defence ministry told the RIA Novosti agency.
That might be possible, but unlikely:
More often, though, supposedly "accidental" incidents are the product of border disputes and political tensions. In 2010, the Internet was titillated by the story of how a mistake in Google Maps led Nicaraguan forces to move into a piece of land controlled by neighboring Costa Rica. But that detachment remained, and it took concerted regional diplomatic talks for the two countries to come to an agreement over the disputed territory.
Unfortunately, accidents by design are harder to manage...

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