The Berlinization of Baghdad
Well, this certainly didn’t work the first time it was tried in Berlin, Germany during the cold war… but then the Bush administration’s failed Iraqi invasion has often ignored the lessons of history, the advice of the military and public opinion in the occupied country and here at home.
How in the world could constructing a wall around the Sunni neighborhood of Adhamiya in Baghdad do anything but increase polarization and violence in the city? It shuts workers off from their jobs, separates family-members, and becomes a living symbol of imperialist dominance of an occupied nation.
The BBC quotes a Baghdad resident:
“The Americans will provoke more trouble with this,” one resident, Arkan Saeed, told the BBC. “They’re telling us the wall is to protect us from the Shia militia and they’re telling the Shia they’re protecting them from us.
"But it’s the Americans who started all the sectarian violence in the first place.” Continue reading