livestock wars

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Tue, 1 Nov 1994 09:45:43 EDT

Scott Holmes recent post reminded me of a war i heard about recently:
In an area of disputed territory between two rather large and
militant nations, settlers from both nations had been encouraged to
occupy the land to substantiate their nation's claim on the land.
Naturally, eventually problems arose. A pig from one side pillaged the
garden of side B. The wounded farmer shot the pig. He was jailed by a
judge who supported side A. The prisoner called on his nation to support
his rights. They responded by sending a ship to the island. Side B
got worried about the ship and appealed to their supporters back home
who sent 3 war ships to support side B's rights. Luckily before the
war killed anyone (except the pig), they agreed to stand by an arbitrator's
decision over the disputed land. Some 13 years later Kaiser Wilhem decided
the land belonged the US, perhaps to spite his british cousins. So ended
the Pig War. During the 13 years, however, both Britain and the US maintained
armed camps on San Juan Island.

The moral here is that the same things that provoke wars between primitive
cultures work equally well at provoking wars between large nations.