Considering Walls

02/08/2018 by syrbal-labrys

I did my military service, got married, and had my first child inside the confines of the Berlin Wall.  I was a child living in Germany when that Wall went up.  In my teens I read volumes about people finding ways to cross that Wall and escape East Germany and the Russians.

I have not been able to travel back to Berlin since the Wall came down in 1989.  I watched it on television with tears flowing down my cheeks.  The Wall has now been down for as long as it was up, all in my lifetime.

Please go to that link.  I want Americans to consider it as they listen to the ravings of a President who would happily hold Americans hostage to get his very own Wall on our southern border.  That is different, you say?  Really?  Just like American racism is allegedly different from apartheid?  Just like misogyny in America is different from the Taliban forcing women into veils and silence?  All a matter of degree at most, if you ask me.

If Trump gets his wall, and still desperate immigrants come?  Then what?  An American “kill zone”?  Watchtowers with armed guards?  Dogs between fences?  Minefields?  I’m crazy paranoid, you say?

No.  Some of us have been around long enough to have seen this schtick before.



The name of this blog, and my Dreamwidth blog, Herlander Refugee, is taken from a 1915 feminist novel "Herland". It makes my heart sing that modern women are experimenting with creation of a new "Herland"! Yes, comments are closed. Anyone who just MUST reach me can do so at syrbal6 at gmail dot com.

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