The Left and the mainstream media when it comes to discussing President Trump’s election campaign promise to build a wall on the United States southern border, acts as if there are no other countries besides China and Gaza which have walls. The only other wall which exists was the Berlin wall and the MSM always like to point to the fact that it eventually failed and was torn down.
Politicians and the MSM are banking on the hopes that these three walls are the only ones that the public knows about and probably the only ones that politicians knows about.
Politicians who are against Trump and his “wall” like to always look as if they are embarrassed that other countries know about our dirty little secret. Donald Trump though, isn’t the only leader which views a physical wall as a way to secure a given region.
Globalization was supposed to tear down barriers, but security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fueled a new spate of wall-building across the world, with a third of the world’s countries constructing them along their borders, 65 either completed or under construction. When the Berlin Wall was torn down a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world.
It is the refusal of immigrants and migrants to conform to the host country’s customs and culture which fuels fear and demands for walls along the country’s borders. It is the violence and the destruction and the rape that they bring with them with the complete disregard of the law which makes citizens demand a wall.
India is building a 2,500-mile barbed-wire fence surrounding Bangladesh, the sand ‘berm’ that separates Morocco from rebel-held parts of the Western Sahara, Hungary’s four-metre-high (13 feet) fence along its border with Serbia and the walls in Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Turkey all have one thing in common: To keep their neighbors out.
The walls that governments are building aren’t small at all, Turkey’s wall on the Syrian border is 28 miles long but it pales in comparison to the multi-layered fence which will one day stretch 600 miles from Jordan to Kuwait along Saudi’s border with Iraq as a defense to ISIS. The Berlin Wall was nearly 100 miles in length.
If Trump gets his way and builds the wall, it will make Saudi Arabia’s wall look small in comparison. The Mexican wall will be 2,000 miles long and underlines four states: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. About 670 miles of fencing, one-third of the distance on the U.S.–Mexico border already exists. It was completed in accordance with the Bush administration’s Secure Fence Act of 2006.
As much as the Democrats and the Left wants you to believe that they are against the wall and care about the poor immigrants, but they pushed for the Secure Fence Act. The law flew through the Senate with a vote of 80 to 19. (Senator John Kerry voted against it.) In the House, the measure passed 283 to 138, with 64 Democrats supporting it. Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Chuck Schumer were among the 26 Democrats who approved the bill which by the way now oppose the wall only by virtue that it could be part of Trump’s future legacy.
Trump’s Department of Homeland Security chief, John Kelly, said in recent Senate testimony, a “physical barrier will not do the job.” He went on to say it can be part of a strategy. “If you build a wall, you would still have to back that wall up with patrolling by human beings, by sensors, by observation devices.”
The Secure Fence Act was never repealed and is why the law still is good today. Because it was never repealed, Congress doesn’t have to pass a new law to begin construction. The nearly 700 mile section of the wall that is already built can be “refund” the original project. Basically, all Trump is doing at this point is finishing a project that was already approved.
In October of 2006 on the Senate floor, Senator Barack Obama offered measured praise for the Secure Fence Act, “The bill before us will certainly do some good,” saying it would provide “better fences and better security along our borders” and would “help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country.
The walls are sometimes called ‘peace lines’ as they are in Belfast or viewed as aggressive symbolism. “The one thing all these walls have in common is that their main function is theatre”, said Marcello Di Cintio in a Daily Mail piece, author of “Walls: Travels along the Barricades”. “You can’t dismiss that illusion, it’s important to people, but they provide the sense of security, not real security.”
Whether you agree with building a wall along our southern border or not, you have to agree on the fact that the 13,000 mile long Great Wall of China has been effective at curbing the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe (read: Mongols) since before Christ.
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