Walls, it seems, are back in style. At least in Europe.
Via the BBC:
Dubbed the “Great Wall of Calais” by some media, the 4m (13ft) wall will run for 1km (0.6 miles) along both sides of the main road to Calais port.[United Kingdom] Home Office minister Robert Goodwill said security was being “stepped up” as migrants continue to try to board vehicles heading to Britain.
Calais, a port city in France, houses some 10,000 migrants at a camp known as “Jungle.” The camp is located near the main road to the city’s port, and people-smugglers have been employing increasingly clever methods to smuggle migrants onto transports and across the English Channel.
Government officials determined that a 13-foot concrete barrier was more prudent than the fences and barbed-wire protecting other portions of the road. Some called the $2.5 million wall a waste of taxpayer dollars.
My hunch is that critics are less concerned with the price tag – $2.5 million is hardly noteworthy in modern budgets – and more concerned with the symbolism a wall represents.
Walls, as we’ve already noted, strike “at the heart of our modern, cultural orthodoxies.” Polite people don’t advocate walls, at least not in polite or mixed company.
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