Hungarians are expressing gratitude to their government for building a mighty border barrier between their country and Serbia to block the flow of migrants into the European country.
Mayor László Toroczkai said earlier this year that the fence “saved my town” and that “calmness has returned.”
The pair of 10-foot electric border fences, with razor wire to discourage climbers, made a sizable impact for Hungary, with the number of migrant arrests in the country reportedly dropping from 3,528 in March 2016 to five in April 2018.
President Trump has also stated that Israel’s border wall is 99.9 percent effective.
Other walls — including the ten-foot wall around the Obama compound in Washington, D.C. — also do their job of protecting the people within the walls from possibly violent intruders who are kept outside the perimeters of the walls.
Lost in the discussion about President Donald J. Trump’s proposed erection of a big beautiful wall on the Southern border – which critics say cannot be done and will not be effective – is the fact that the European Union built a wall just like the one proposed by Trump on the border of Syria and Turkey.
“The EU states have provided the government in Ankara with security and surveillance technology valued at more than 80 million euros in exchange for the protection of its borders, according to research conducted by DER SPIEGEL and the European Investigative Collaborations network (EIC),” said a report by Der Spiegel.
According to another report, “The wall runs through the provinces of Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis, Hatay, Mardin and Sirnak and incorporates physical, electronic and advanced technology layers. The physical layer includes modular concrete walls, patrol routes, manned and unmanned towers and passenger tracks.”
The wall is 764 kilometers, or about 475 miles.
Turkey is a member of the EU, which reportedly built the wall to keep Syrians from crossing into its member nation. This is the same EU that has forced migration and refugeeism on the whole of Western Europe. Hungary even built a fence to keep migrants from streaming in unabated, and was censured by the unelected EU bureaucracy.
Meanwhile, Democrats in the United States continue with empty platitudes that “walls don’t work” and that Republicans are racists for desiring border security that would stop the flow of illegal drugs and unvetted aliens into our country.
On the contrary, the wall on the Turkish/Syrian border works quite well. As does Israel’s wall, and the one surrounding the Vatican, where the apostate Catholic pope lectures Americans about how taking in millions from the third world is God’s will.
The question remains: Why can’t the United States (or any other Western nation) have sovereign borders?
Turkey’s Erdogan is Threatening To Convert One of Christianity’s Most Historic Churches Back into a Mosque
The 6th century church is currently a museum.
Turkey’s Islamist president is threatening to convert one of the world’s most historic and iconic Christian churches into an Islamic mosque, in a move designed to appease Tayyip Erdogan’s political base and insult Christians.
The Council of State of Turkey is expected to rule this week on a request by Erdogan to convert the Hagia Sophia Museum into an Islamic mosque, and international observers are expecting that the court system will sign off on Erdogan’s initiative to turn the former church into a mosque.
The Hagia Sophia Church was constructed in Constantinople(today known as Istanbul) in A.D. 537 by Justinian, the then-Emperor of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire. The church was a global symbol of the Byzantine civilization throughout the Middle Ages. It was converted into an Islamic mosque in the year 1453 when the Ottoman Empire captured Constantinople under the leadership of Mehmed II, a moment in history that Erdogan and his supporters point to as a moment of national pride.
When Turkey emerged from the declining Ottoman Empire shortly after World War I, the nation’s contemporary founder, Kemal Ataturk, arranged for the building to be placed into a use as a museum. The building, which is Turkey’s most visited tourist attraction to this day, has remained as such since 1935.
The church remains a holy symbol to hundreds of millions of Orthodox Christians throughout the world today. Bartholomew I, the Christian bishop who holds the Byzantine title of “Patriarch of Constantinople” in Istanbul, warned of the consequences of such an inflammatory cultural act. “The potential conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque will turn millions of Christians around the world against Islam… What can I say as a Christian clergyman and the Greek patriarch in Istanbul? Instead of uniting, a 1,500-year-old heritage is dividing us. I am saddened and shaken.”
The 6th century building is not only noteworthy to two major world religions(originally Christianity), but is the most architecturally impressive building preserved from the early Middle Ages. Many of Constantinople’s most historic churches and buildings, such the Church of the Holy Apostles, were destroyed by the Ottoman conquerors in the decades following the 1453 Siege of Constantinople.
The Hagia Sophia church contains some of the most-well preserved medieval Byzantine images of Christ, Mary, various saints, and several Eastern Roman Emperors. As images of the human form are prohibited in Islam, some have questioned whether the artwork- which was uncovered from beneath a coating material when the building was phased from an Ottoman mosque into a museum- will be destroyed in the event it’s turned back into a mosque.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the government of Greece(which views itself as the inheritor of the Byzantine Empire’s Greek-speaking legacy), and United Nations cultural institutions have spoken against the planned usurpation of the historic church. Pope Francis has been conspicuously silent, thus far.
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