Of course, the New York businessman is far from being the first, or the last, to have the idea of setting up a physical barrier between yourself and your problems. In fact, according to a study published last year on fortified boundaries, out of the 51 walls built around the world since the end of World War II, about half were set up between 2000 and 2014. The hope given by the fall of the Berlin Wall was, it seems, demolished by 9/11.
Even as many have argued that physical walls are ultimately futile, they keep going up. Added to the 50 barriers that separate countries and territories today, now comes a 3.2-million-euro, 1-kilometer-long, 4-meter-high wall separating both sides of the main road that leads to the port of Calais, in northern France, from migrants living in the so-called "Jungle" attempting to board trucks to get to the United Kingdom.
The truck drivers who regularly cross the English Channel and local Calais residents — who bear much of the weight of the intractable presence of migrants — are likely to have the strongest voices about the plans for the wall, which would cost more than 3 million euros. But ultimately, the decision reflects on all the citizens of Britain and France. Call it a troubling post-script to Brexit with a French touch.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR TODAY
- The 29th ASEAN summit ends today.
- NFL season kicks off.
- It's World Physical Therapy Day. Get cracking.