Center for Strategic Communication

[ by Charles Cameron — nightmare of the cartographers ]

Let Yassin Musharbash have the first word:

ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria / Sham, clearly doesn’t like the separation implied by the “and” in its name. They don’t merely want it removed as a line drawn on maps, they’re actually interested in erasing it with bulldozers…

Aaron Zelin has the image:

Symbolism is powerful.


Sykes-Picot, the Durand line — repeat after me the Gospel of Korzybski:

The map is not the territory!

— and when the two diverge, it’ll mostly be the territory that redraws the map.