Ah. Walls through the centres of cities. They work so well at bringing people together. And at ending sectarian violence between disparate peoples. That must be why the occupying forces in Iraq are declaring:
The concrete wall, which will be up to 12ft high, “is one of the centrepieces of a new strategy by coalition and Iraqi forces to break the cycle of sectarian violence,” US officials said.
Critics of the scheme said it had been tried in past counter-insurgency campaigns in Vietnam and Algeria, but found wanting.
Some Sunnis living in Adamiya have welcomed the attempt to improve security but warned that it was another sign of the deep hostility between Sunnis and Shias.
Others were sceptical about the latest initiative to staunch the bloodshed in Baghdad, which reached new heights when a series of suicide bombings killed more than 200 people in a single day this week.
“I don’t think this wall will solve the city’s serious security problems,” Ahmed Abdul-Sattar, a 35-year-old government worker, told the Associated Press. “It will only increase the separation between our people, which has been made so much worse by the war.”
Even the so-called Great Wall of China wasn’t that great at actually foiling Mongol invaders. The Israeli separation wall doesn’t seem to be stemming the violence from either side of that conflict.
Oh well. Good luck with the construction, boys. I’m sure there will be a fun parade in a few years when the locals tear it down.