Baghdad dividing wall counters peace

Construction of another dividing wall in Baghdad between Shula and Ghazaliya districts causes more division than unity. It is another sign of the primitive knee-jerk thinking of an administration resorting to primitive policy.

The wall is an attempt to separate Sunni and Shia districts. But of course it also separates families, neighbours and communities, it consumes vast resources (and will again when it comes down) and it does nothing to resolve the fundamental problems which are a lack of social infrastructure and jobs. Local residents have demonstrated against it at completion of teh first 2km section, even saying it plays to the objectives of al-qaeda. Like the fence along the US border with Mexico, it is a waste of resources and a distraction from real issues.


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