Are Border Walls a Secure Solution Worldwide?
Well-traveled American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Michael Rubin describes himself as an analyst, not an advocate, and has covered a lot of miles in the Middle East and South Asia. Compiling information and talking to people in these regions is part of his job. Despite members of Congress, President Trump, and opinion makers haggling over border issues and the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of a border wall, Rubin has reached a conclusion about securing a border.
“Increasingly, wherever I go—be it in Morocco, be it in Israel, be it in Saudi Arabia or Iraq, be it in India where I just was last week, or in the past when I’ve been driving along the India/Bangladesh border—the fact of the matter is, there are all these walls there, there are all these fences,” he told Homeland411. “It quickly became apparent that while Americans navel gaze and basically consider that we reinvent the wheel every single time, that there are massive precedents out there.”
As such, Rubin began compiling information on walls and border barriers around the globe and why they were there. He published his latest observations in a Jan. 23 column in the Washington Examiner.
In the piece, he noted 13 rather hot spots around the globe where walls, barriers, and fences have increased security.
Perhaps the most well-known mention in the piece is the wall and fence combination between Israel and the West Bank that is credited with a 90 percent drop in terror attacks.
Rubin also cited a 1,700-mile barrier between Morocco and Algeria that contributed to a cease fire in the Western Sahara War that raged from 1975 to 1991.
The wall dividing Cypress is notable as well.
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