Friday, June 09, 2006

Powell says border walls won't work

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Powell made the following comments while in Mexico City, Mexico on Thursday:

MEXICO CITY -- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday that extending walls along the U.S.-Mexico border will not solve the problem of illegal immigration.

"The Berlin Wall did not work perfectly and the wall that the Israelis are putting up is not going to work perfectly," Powell said. "So, a wall alone is not the answer."

Note that he didn't actually say border walls won't work, he said a "wall alone" won't work. Of course, the Berlin Wall was remarkably effective, even if a few people escaped, and the Israeli wall has done wonders to cut down on suicide bombings in that country -- we would be ECSTATIC to have success like that in combating illegal immigration.

Who said something had to be perfect, anyway. After all, while Powell ran the State Department, it was FAR from perfect, and yet for some reason we are still stuck with it.

1 comment:

Joe Budzinski said...

Thank goodness he's "former." But I wonder to what extent that type of thinking still prevails in the administration. It's frightening how far we have to go before that wall will get built.hyzng