Sunday, May 24, 2009

Map The Fallen

Here's a rather sobering piece of software for Memorial Day. Map the Fallen is a Google Earth plug-in which displays an interactive map of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trying the timeline which begins in October 2001, you can see little yellow symbols fill the screen as more soldiers are killed over time. Linking the soldier's home town to his or her place of death, it makes allows you to "fly" from one place to the other. It also shows how international the war has become showing European soldiers who've been killed in the war. It gives a pretty sobering perspective to the politicians who chatter about the war in abstract terms on the Sunday morning chat shows.

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