I've noticed some geographical discrepancies worth pointing out in the various reports.
There are in fact TWO Tri-Border Areas (TBA) worthy of note. The first is in the north west near the Mariscal Estigarribia firebase (Paraguay,
Bolivia, Argentina). This is the direct route to Bolivia and the gas fields. The 2nd TBA is south east, at Iguacu Falls (Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil).
This second TBA is near Ciudad Del Este, the hotbed of drug trafficking and terrorist organisations such as Hezbollah.
Now, common reports say the bush property is in the Chaco region, close to the firebase at Mariscal Estigarribia. However, the most specific location
I've seen for the bush hideout is Paso de Patria (www.counterpunch.org...
), which is actually in the Neembucu state, and nowhere
near Chaco region. In fact the same article contradicts itself geographically.
Paso de Patria is in the South Western tip of the country, downstream from the breathtaking Iguacu Falls, and upstream from the River Plate estuary
made famous by the battle in WW2 (and infamous as the major stopping off point for the fabled Nazi Antarctic expeditions).
The location is south of Asuncion and quite distant from the Mariscal Estigarribia firebase to the north. Paso de Patria is relatively close to the
Argentine stretch of the Pan American Highway, the major route traversing the continent north-south.
Anyone following this story with interest really should take half an hour on Google Earth to understand the geography. On the map below, the firebase
is close to the place called Doctor Pedro P Pena, and according to the article which specifically mentions Paso de Patria, the bush property is near
the town called Pilar. You can note Ciudad Del Este for yourself. All this attention is focussed on what you may have thought was an obscure South
Edit: Wow, another location mentions Fuerte Olimpo, which is bloody opposite again. www.thetruthseeker.co.uk...
I followed the
link in this report to FundaPatria.com which bush is supposedly a member of and which owns a section of paraguay land which bush bought out, but it's
based in the dominican republic (nextdoor to HAITI!)... very conflicting locations, and every report has the geography WRONG!
[edit on 20-1-2008 by Shar_Chi]