Saudi Arabia’s Badass Anti-ISIS Wall… Go Figure

Now the Saudis can be considered Islamophobic too.

Whenever westerners warn of the threat of mass Islamic immigration, they are accused of being Islamophobes and Xenophobes. In the case of the U.S., any time someone suggests that America should construct a wall on its southern border to prevent illegal aliens from traversing that border, they’re labeled as intolerant bigots who lack compassion. The same was said about Israel when it constructed a wall on the West Bank to keep terrorists out; it’s been extremely effective, right?

Well, as shown in the picture above, someone else has been busy building, with little or no fanfare.

Did you know that Saudi Arabia is constructing a wall along its border with both Iraq and Yemen to keep members of the Islamic State out?  That’s right.  The barrier will eventually stretch across the Saudi-Iraq border from Jordan to Kuwait. Proposed in 2006, the border zone entails five layers of fencing, supplemented by watch towers, radar cameras, night-vision security, and a heavy presence of extra Saudi troops.

The structure is comprised of 78 monitoring towers, eight command centers, 10 mobile surveillance vehicles, 32 rapid-response centers and three rapid intervention squads – all linked by a fiber-optic communications network.

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These are the details of the northern wall being built to protect Iraq from the threat of ISIS.

The prospect of this wall separating Iraq from Saudi Arabia is not a welcome one for ISIS, whose goals include capturing Saudi Arabia – home to the Holy Mosques of Mecca and Medina. Saudi Arabia’s oil fields are another key strategic goal for the terror group intent on creating a Sharia-run caliphate.

A member of the Saudi border guards forces patrols the fence on Saudi Arabia's northern border with Iraq after Saudi Arabia increased its security measures following attacks by ISIS against Saudi troops and security posts along the border.
Saudi guards patrol the fence on their northern border with Iraq after Saudi Arabia increased its security measures following attacks by ISIS against Saudi troops and security posts along the border.

Construction began on the wall last September; the plan was reported by IHS Jane’s 360:

“…(the Iraq border wall) consists of 78 monitoring towers, eight command centers, 10 mobile surveillance vehicles, 32 rapid-response centers, and three rapid intervention squads, all linked by a fiber-optic communications network.”

The Kingdom is also creating a 1,000 mile wall along its border with Yemen to the south.

Saudis construct wall along Yemen
Saudi construction along border with Yemen

If the Saudis and others are putting this much stock in a wall, why do some in the United States claim that strategy won’t work here?

Congress might do well to take a cue from the Saudi solution–especially with the reported weaknesses with our own border security.

 

A member of the Saudi border guards force stands guard next to a fence on Saudi Arabia's northern borderline with Iraq. July 14, 2014. Reuters
A member of the Saudi border guards force stands guard next to a fence on Saudi Arabia’s northern borderline with Iraq. July 14, 2014. Reuters

It’s well documented that Saudi Arabia is a bigoted country that forbids the public practice of any religion except Islam. There are no churches or synagogues in Saudi Arabia and the persecution of religious minorities there is legendary. Now the Saudis can be considered Islamophobic too.

Courtesy of IJ Review and National Public Radio.

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