Several days ago Breitbart London (here) reported that Morocco has begun building a razor topped wall near Melilla to stop illegal migrants crossing into Europe. It is about time. For those whose geography is weak, Melilla is one of two Spanish cities on the coast of North Africa in Morocco. Their location makes them the only European Union territory in Africa and thus they are targets for Africans and others seeking to get to Europe illegally.
Morocco has enough problems of its own - the last thing it needs is foreigners from Africa or elsewhere crossing into their country on their way to Europe. The Spanish seem to have built a border barrier between Morocco and the city, but Morocco does not officially recognize the Spanish sovereignty of the city so they were opposed to it. But reality may have gotten in the way of their political position in this case. While I have not been anywhere near it, the reality is that illegal immigrants tend to be extremely disruptive to the social order no matter where. That is putting it politely.
Of course one wonders if Morocco is being ‘assisted’ in this project by some government or other entity in Europe (that suits me just fine). Although all of Europe stands to benefit from the building of this wall by the Moroccans, those who will benefit most are Spain, Malta, Italy, and France roughly in that order.
This isn’t the only wall Morocco has erected. The ‘Moroccan Wall’ in the Western Sahara consists of lines of fortifications within Moroccan-controlled areas and was built in the 1980s. The purpose of this ‘wall’ was to keep out guerrilla fighters who have been wanting this area for some time, to protect Morocco from Mauritania to the east and south, and also probably to protect the phosphate mine at Bou Craa.
In Cyrus, the ‘Nicosia Wall’ along the ‘Green Line’ separates the North (Turks) and the South (Greek), keeping apart two cultures, languages and religions – each of whom hates the other. And Greece has built a wall between themselves and Turkey to protect the country against illegal immigrants. Despite the poor economic situation in Greece migrants from Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia want to go there as they see it as a jumping off point to other European Union countries.
Along another part of the Turkish border the Bulgarians intend to build a thirty kilometer-long wall to stop Syrian (and other) refugees. Bulgaria already has several thousand refugees living there in camps. Building a wall is almost certainly a cheaper alternative to allowing everyone into their already poor country.
An American based Latvian activist has suggested that a wall be built between Russia and Latvia. While there are probably few illegal immigrants attempting to find their way into Latvia, it seems that Russia and Russians are not wanted there. If you know anything about their mutual history can you blame Latvia?
Further to the east Hindu India is having a problem with illegal immigration from Muslim Bangladesh along their joint, porous, 4,096 kilometer-long border. While it is worrisome, and the Indians may be a bit slower than the West when it comes to facing problems, the Indians are an ingenious lot so expect news soon on this issue.
Going much further east there are two notable walls (although not called that): these are the ‘Demilitarized Zone’ between the two Koreas and the ‘Frontier Closed Area’ around Hong Kong. If you want to escape North Korea there are three choices - all bad. Head north and if you are ‘lucky’ you will make Red China, the waters surrounding North Korea are too cold in winter and too heavily patrolled year round to make a get-away, and if you head south, attempting to leave the armed camp of North Korea and head towards South Korea, one of the world’s most up-and-coming powerhouses, you will hit the Korean ‘Demilitarized Zone’ where you will be utilized for target practice by the North Korean army.
In Hong Kong the ‘Frontier Closed Area’ is the border between it and Red China, and to cross it you need to have a permit. There are millions of Chinese who would love to cross that wall and move to Hong Kong where there is at least a slim chance of leaving for greener pastures. Permits to leave Hong Kong for Red China are issued to those visiting family there, and many do, but then the Chinese culture has maintained very strong family and other ties. This is not the American/Canadian border - it is not easy to leave the relative wealth and comfort of Hong Kong, even out of love, to visit someone in Red China.
Almost the only countries that have any sort of protection from illegal immigration are some (not all) island nations, poor nations that do not have to be crossed to reach richer ones, and those with very harsh laws for illegals – although an awful lot of those OTM (other than Mexicans) seem to travel from where-ever in Latin America thru Mexico to reach the USA.
This just scratches the surface, but with even with this evidence, it is clear that objections to Israel building walls to keep out illegal immigrants and terrorists is obviously just a poor attempt to demonized Israel. Everyone, and every entity, has (and is entitled to) walls or borders. Your house has walls, your town or city, and your state have borders. Walls are a form of fencing. And we all know the old saying about good fences making good neighbors.