When I came back from the Gulf war, I had a wall around me. I could not understand or comprehend why people were arguing and fighting. They seem to be arguing over small things compared to the things I had seen in war their lives were blessed. America seems to think a wall will solve every problem of immigration. As if the problem of immigration starts and ends at our southern boarder.
During the 21st Century BC one of the early walls was built. It was built by the ancient Samarian’s in order to keep out the Amorites ragtag bunch of nomadic tribesmen, does that sound familiar? The Amorite wall stretch between the Tigris and Euphrates river, does this sound familiar again. One more similarity The Amorites just sort of walked around wall. It wasn’t that strong what happened because of this, the Samarian’s beginning to vanish from history. Maybe this is a fear of most Americans who want to wall fear. American civilization disappear if these nomads can walk around the wall? But were talking about the 21st century BC let’s move a little bit forward in time. How about 461 BC. The Athenians, one of the most powerful cities in Greece. Bordered by the sea on one side they decided to construct the wall. Protecting your harbors. There was a Peloponnesian war they fought off manu “invaders”, the problem was the only way in and out was the Sea and wants to see or should I say their navy was defeated, so where the Athenians. They did rebuild the barriers later on but they didn’t last against the Romans. But I digress a bit, I’m still back in the past. Got a get closer to the present, but we have to take our time because are past helps us understand our present. Next return to the Great Wall of Gorgon. Hundred and 21 miles from the Caspian Sea to the Elbers Mountain. I guess you could say this is one of those things that made Alexander the great, Great. Even though it was built by the Persians. 30 forts 30,000 troops what canals and a water supply system, even a moat. And that is all we know about it. Something so great yet so unknown. Wonder if you caught onto the fact that most of these structures or in present-day Arab countries?
Alright, alright let’s move forward to one 2280 Roman Britain Hadrian’s Wall was built keep out those barbarians. 73 miles from Solway Firth to the River Tyne. 10 feet wide and 15 feet tall of course it’s going to defend. And defended it did until the Romans left Britain and left the wall. Today it is just a historical site I wonder if it’s still keeping anybody out, or in. So there are walls that still exists today, on though they are just tourist sites. China’s legendary Great Wall Stone would earth strands for thousands of miles built in the third century BC, Quin Shi Huang must’ve his wall. The mean dynasty was secure from nomads who could not get up this 25-foot wall. One of the largest man-made objects in the world was an ineffective defense barrier. One of the Mongol leaders just bypass the wall rated Beijing. So much time to constructing a wall without the realization that sometimes nature dictates what you can actually build and where or you can actually build it.
But let us turn our sites two wards to Christians in the walls of Constantinople (we do have to add we are talking about modern-day Istanbul). Originally built in fifth century, 14 miles of barricades, and yes a moat, and a 27 foot outer wall, and a 40 foot in her wall that was 15 feet thick. This won’t turn back the Arabs, Attila the Hun, but not the Ottoman Empire. Why? The Cannon. The stronger the structure your built to keep things out the more destructive the weapon will be invented to get through it.
Let us turn our attention to something even more recent, the Berlin wall. Built in 1961 from a series of concrete partitions that’s separated east and West Berlin. Originally designed to keep the “fascists” out, it ended up being used to keep people in. I wonder if many Americans realize that wall being constructed on a border will keep non-native undesirable’s out, but it also keeps native undesirable in. Because in the case of the Berlin wall over 100 people were killed trying to get it out East Germany. Those that we’re trying to get out succeeded by scaling, tunneling under, and even flying over top in hot air balloon. The wall erected by the East Germans was more about keeping people in then it was about keeping people out. The wall was more about hiding what was going on within the walls so that those on the outside cannot really tell what was really going on behind those walls. The end of the wall on November 9, 1989 was met with celebrations for its destruction not its construction.
I think its time to turn our attention to America. There is a huge debate over whether we need a wall to keep out all that we see as bad. From drugs to illegal trafficking of both drugs and humans. Walls can do a lot to keep people out and to keep out that which Society does not want or need. But how can American society say it does not want drugs when there are so many illegal drugs in the United States some of which have nothing to do with the southern border. I don’t remember painkillers being smuggled across the southern border but yet being prescribed by doctors in the United States. When I was growing up in the inner city of upstate New York the prostitutes we’re not snuggled across the border but instead we’re poor men and women who were addicted to drugs made in America.
Every country in the world has problems with immigration and every country in the world discusses, decides, debates, and put into action ways of addressing the problem. To put a wall up means that the problem starts and stops at the border. I don’t think the problem starts at the border instead it starts somewhere else, someplace else that we are not willing to look or address. Maybe we need to build a wall to match the walls we have built inside our own minds and hearts. I turn off the television news not because I don’t believe it, but because every time I look at its people is shouting at each other. People are angry and their anger shows me, but they have already built a wall around themselves in their own minds so as to block out anything anyone else says that doesn’t match up watching their own minds. When I came back from the Gulf war, I had a wall around me. I could not understand or comprehend why people were arguing and fighting. They seem to be arguing over small things compared to the things I had seen in war their lives were blessed