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Tuesday, May 17


San Francisco Destroyed: Shocking and Awesome

For Bay Area residents, this (which I found linked by Urban Cartography) helps illustrate the geographic scale of the current Iraq war's initial bombing of Baghdad. What if San Francisco were bombed in an identical manner, destroying places like West Portal, Excelsior, Buena Vista Park, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, etc.? Transpose the geographic coordinates of sites bombed in Baghdad on March 21, 2003, over to San Francisco's 49 square miles, and that's what you get--you see the Iraq war much closer to home. That's not a pleasant thing to think about, but the fact that Baghdad is so far away makes us forget that it also is someone's home--and not just Saddam Hussein's.