<rant>Eh, that "Walled World" map ain't exactly entirely accurate. Mexico has some pretty hard core border guards to the south, they don't want any of those dirty Colombians in their country; Isreal should have 2 red lines, one around the Palestinian territories, and the other around their border w/ Syria, Jordan, Lebanon & Egypt, and the N/S Korea DMZ is one of those things that also makes perfect sense, seeing as the 2 Koreas are still technically at war w/ each other. Other heavily guarded borders are India/Pakistan, Iran/Iraq (Actually, pretty much any nation in the middle east that has an actual functioning gov't has very well guarded borders, there's a lot of smuggling and they trust each other to have a knife to their back at all times and/or figure that their neighbor, if it isn't Israel, will fold like soggy toast if Israel decides they want to control the whole region), the Bering Straight is still pretty well watched, and all things considered, it's probably be easier to just list off the 'soft' borders than the guarded ones. But besides that it's a nice
piece of propaganda visual aide. I mean, it's not like the state's primary purpose is to defend it's people from foreign powers or anything... :p</rant>
Also, AG, I just want you to know that you just insulted every Persian ever... To quote a Persian that I once made that mistake (equating them in any way to an Arab), "We are not Arabs. Persians come from a civilization that was great when the Arabs were still herding goats and worshipping the moon."
As to the "history," I was taught by native speakers, and to call Arabs unbiased about their history is akin to saying the moon is pink, square, and hiding in my pants... During our history lessons I learned that they invented the calculator, paper, language, numbers, fingers, math, English, clothing, cotton, silk, spice, computers, chemistry, gold, sand, the internet, guns, mounted combat, triangles (actually this was more specifically the Egyptians), anatomy, shoes, rope, trees, ect... Yeah...