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Let's see the usual suspects denounce this

From El Pais:

"The Algerian government is to build a 6,500-kilometer fence around its land border with six other African countries in a bid to prevent drug traffickers, sub-Saharan migrants and Al Qaeda terrorists from using the country as a major transit route".

Or is this different from the Israeli security structure? Meanwhile, as the map makes clear, this is by no means a minor undertaking

Given that the Great Wall is 6,400 km long, I do wonder whether the Algerians are trying a bit of one upmanship. As with the GWoC, it will not work.

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Anonymous verity said... 3:13 pm

It is OK when an islamic third world country does it. It's a solution to a problem and it is their country, after all.

When the Americans propose a fence of similar length between the US and Mexican border, the world goes into curled lip mode and professes shock.

Why is that, I wonder?  

Blogger Ed said... 4:29 pm

Better than a wall, I think Britain should dig a nice moat around it. That would keep the undesirables out.  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 8:08 pm

And that moat could have a special gated entrance for VIPs, such as gummint ministers. It could be called "Traitors Gate" or similar.  

Anonymous verity said... 9:37 pm

Flashgordonwhatever - The term "gummint" was coined to describe the way rednecks in the deep Southern US pronounce 'government'. It is beyond silly to apply it to be the British way of speaking because it mimics no known British accent.

I hate it when people copy America when there is absolutely no reference point.  

Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said... 12:57 am

Are the Israelis consultants for this project?

Happy Xmas and a careful 2008  

Anonymous grumpy grandparents said... 4:20 am

Would it also help to keep all the would be mozzie migrants in? If so West Europe might be a slightly more pleasant place to live/visit.

FlashG.. We are coming your way next week, so please switch the earthquakes off for a fortnight or so! Ta very much.  

Blogger Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said... 6:53 am

Of course it will not work. One upmanship indeed.  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 1:14 am

Thanks verity for that. I must've been mistaken whilst living in the uk. I had noticed a lot of sad folk used the word to describe how they could be saved from the realities of work (and other responsibilities) by summit the gummint could do for them. Or perhaps these folk had taken a holiday at some stage in the Deep South. ;^)
Merry Christmas all!  

Blogger flashgordonnz said... 1:17 am

ps grumpyG, I'd love to oblige. However, it is our weather you should be concerned about. We are assured by our "Met Office" that this is to be a good summer (and it has been thus far), but we have a tradition of not starting summer until the chilren are back in school at the start of February...  

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