Consider the boom in fence building around the globe:
- India and Bangladesh. A 2,500 mile (~$1.2 billion dollars) fence to seal the border from what India fears could become the "new Afghanistan."
- US and Mexico. A 2,000 mile state of the art barrier being constructed in incremental installments.
- Israel and the West Bank. 436 miles of concrete barriers.
- Saudi Arabia and Iraq. A 550 mile wall at a cost of $600 million (part of a ring to encircle the entire country, as with the fence to the south with Yemen).
- Spain and Morocco.
- Thailand and Malaysia. 75 km border fence.
- Pakistan and Afghanistan. A 2,400 km fence.
- Kuwait and Iraq. Upgrade to the 215 km fence with Iraq.
- Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
- UAE and Oman.
If the Berlin wall (et. al.) were a sign of a fundamental contradiction in the communist system that ultimately destroyed it, are these walls a sign of a similar contradiction (albeit different, given the change in directionality)?
image: Mexican/US border via Subtopia