There are walls to keep people in. There are walls to keep people out. They all ultimately fail. Walls to keep people in are just a challenge to human ingenuity. Walls to keep people out can be subject to siege. The truth is walls do not show strength, they show weakness. Walls are built by frightened people.
The Berlin Wall was probably the best example. It was built in 1961 to keep Western ‘Fascists’ from entering East Germany and undermining the German Democratic Republic—at least that was the story. The truth was that since the end of the Second World War, Berlin had been an open door for more that 2.5 million Germans to go from East Germany to the west. Though there were those who died trying to cross it, the wall did not stop everyone who considered it a challenge.
When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, it was followed by the reunification of Germany in 1990.
The second ‘wall of shame’ was built by Israel in 2003. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is quite proud of this wall. He even twitted that “It works.” He is encouraging the Twitter King in the White House to build his wall across the southern United States.
Nobody expected Netanyahu to say otherwise. His wall stands as a monument to Israel’s inability to resolve the conflicts with its neighbours. This wall of hate was condemned by the United Nations General Assembly by a vote of 144 to 4 and 12 abstentions. The votes in favour of the wall were reported to be Israel, U.S.A., the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.
The Mexican government is understood to be extremely annoyed at Israel for encouraging president Trump to build his wall. You will please note that the American president has stopped talking about the Mexicans paying for the wall. That will happen after the Gulf of California freezes over and the NHL admits a Mexican hockey team to play on the frozen gulf as their home ice.
Mr. Trump does not seem to care how many government employees his actions have furloughed. He does not care how many government employees he is forcing to work with their salary withheld. He is a mean selfish little man and is disgracing the United States of America.
Copyright 2019 © Peter Lowry
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