Some walls around the world. “The great wall of Morocco”, known as “the security belt”, is 2,720 km long. This is a defensive wall and it serves to protect Morocco from the hostile intentions of The Polisario. South Korea protects itself from North Korea with a “barrier”.
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Saudi Arabia built a concrete wall with sophisticated electronic monitoring devices. The wall is intended to prevent Yemenite infiltration into Saudi Arabia. The wall cost over 700 million dollars and reduces Yemen’ s territory by 7 kms. The Saudis just ignore the Yemenite protests.
Since 2007, Thailand erected a 75 km barrier along its most accessible border with Malaysia. According to Bangkok, its purpose is to prevent the troubled southern provinces’ Muslim terrorists from entering the northern part of the country.
Uzbekistan erected a barrier along its border with Tajikistan. The United Arab Emirates are in the process of building a barrier on their border with Oman and Kuwait, adding to their existing 215 km barrier along their border with Iraq.
What about Obama and his speech in Cairo?
What about this land of liberty?
Always so ready to condemn certain but only certain others?
The Spain of Javier Solana and of Moratinos erected an electrified barrier guarded continuously by soldiers at Ceuta and Melilla. It serves to protect Spain from illegal Moroccan and sub-Saharan people who try to enter Spain to escape poverty and famine.
The infamous “Walls of Ireland” separate Catholics and Protestants. For over thirty years the walls satisfy their desire to be separated from each other. Roads have been cut to end the throwing of stones, Molotov cocktails, hand grenades and various other projectiles. Entire areas of Belfast have been disfigured, homes destroyed and residents expelled. The International Community, of course, remains silent.
For Israel, the benefit of such a security barrier is without question:
What do you think?
What do you really think?
Valérie Amram d’Onofrio
Translated from French by Nico Chiarini
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