American and Israeli border fences, bad. Greek and Spanish border fence, not so bad. WTF?

by editor on January 5, 2011

Border fences are terrible things – racist things, really – when they’re built by the United States and Israel. But when they’re built by Greece and Spain, well, that’s a whole different kettle of racists.

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Spanish Guardia Civil patrolling the border fence between Ceuta and Morocco

The BBC has the story of Greece’s new non-racist, really necessary border fence:

The proposed fence would cover a short section of the Greece-Turkey border in the Orestiada area of north-eastern Greece.

The area has become the main route into Greece for migrants from Africa and Asia with an average of 245 people crossing illegally every day in October 2010, according to Frontex, the EU’s border agency.

The European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmstroem, has said the numbers are “dramatic”.

In a statement, Mr Papoutsis said Greece could “no longer tolerate this”.
“Greek society has exceeded its limit in its capacity to accommodate illegal immigrants,” he said.

“This is the hard reality and we have an obligation to the Greek citizen to deal with it.”

He said the Greek coastguard would also be upgraded and modernised to tackle illegal migration.

But Greece, it turns out, isn’t the only European nation trying to keep the swarthy masses from its shores. Spain has also built fences to protect its African enclaves of Melilla and Cueta.

What’s that? You didn’t know that Spain still occupied land on the African continent? Neither did we until we began researching this story. Fact is, Spain has occupied Mellila and Ceuta, two cities sitting on the Mediterranean, but otherwise surrounded by Morroco, since the 1500s and refuses to give them up. Consider them the Spanish versions of Gibraltar.

As you might imagine, Spain quickly turns its back on socialism and the brotherhood of man when it comes to Melilla and Ceuta. Just won’t do, you know, to have those North African huddled masses yearning to be free entering Spain through its two African enclaves. So Spain has done what any rational nation would do – they built fences – fences topped with razor wire, which, as you might imagine, is razor sharp. Despite the fact that you’ve never heard a word about these fences, they were first built in the early 1990s and have been strengthened and improved since then in an attempt to restrict illegal immigration.

Yet no one except, perhaps, Morocco and Turkey, stands up at the U.N. to protest these border fences. No, those noisy protests are reserved for the evil, racist Israeli and American border fences and the equally evil, racist Israelis and Americans who deprive undocumented aliens of their rights by building them.

Why if we weren’t such firm believers in the sanctity of the United Nations, we might think there is a little selective outrange going on here.

Source: BBC, sarai.net

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

NEIL September 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

WELL I HAVE TO SAY THE SINAI PENISULA HISTORICALLY IS PART OF THE ISRAELI LAND MASS & NOT PART OF EGYPT!!! JUST LOOK AT A MAP OR GLOBE!!! IT WAS ONLY IN 1902, THAT THE BRITISH FORCED THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE TO CEDE THE SINAI PENISULA TO EGYPT!!! A POINT OF FACT, THE SINAI PENISULA IS ON THE CONTINENT OF ASIA, WHEREAS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUEZ CANAL IS IN AFRICA!!!

Claudia January 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

I am spanish, but I strongly support the existance of border fences in the US as a necessary way of keeping illegal immigrants out of your country. Nobody wants people to enter their country illegally to steal their jobs and their money .In Spain illegal immigrants dont need to pay taxes, but their children have priority when it comes to public health or education. They live in houses paid for by the government with our taxes. They increase the number of crimes commited (70% of Spain’s arrested criminals are foreigners).
Also, Ceuta and Melilla have never belonged to Morocco, as Spain was invaded in 711 and the country of Morocco was unified in 780. Under muslim rule, Spain, including Ceuta and Melilla, were totally separate from Morocco. After that, in 1415 the portugese occupied Ceuta. Melilla was occupied by the spanish in 1497 . In 1580 Portugal became part of Spain and so did Ceuta. When in 1640 Portugal became independent, Ceuta decided to remain spanish.
Finally, in the treaty of Wad-Ras, in 1860, the sultan of Morocco recognised Ceuta and Melilla as part of Spain.

Bryan September 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

cutting out the last 2 paragraphs, and all the times you said Spain in the first… This sounds like America 🙁

Lorne Marr January 5, 2011 at 10:33 am

Do they have so much money to build that wall? Because if they asked the EU for another financial packages I am sure they would not be successful since some of the biggest countries such as Germany have already had some trouble connected to their own walls.

KimmyQueen January 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

It is not good when we do it, but it is good when they do it. It is always like that and it will be always like that.

Elrond Hubbard January 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Different rules for different people. When the United States or Isreal build a border wall, it’s racist. When our European betters build them it’s okay because they’re Europeans and better than us…more civilized, more sophisticated and nuanced than us Neanderthal Yanks. Yeah, that’s it.