November 3, 2010

Walls: Berlin, USA-Mexican border

Day of elections in USA yesterday. Today, "surprises".

I have never been a fan of Obama, the Nobel Prize he got was ridiculous. He hasn't understand many of the huge problems he got from Bush and the system. But the most important thing of Obama being President is the enormous fight that the Afro-Americans fought for many years to get their rights. Chapeau!

Now, Latinos are the new object of harrasment in the USA, and yesterday's elections show two things: the first Latino becoming Governor and some anti-Latino forces getting stronger than never before.

The wall between Mexico and USA is as primitive and awful as the Berlin Wall.

Mexico-USA border, Pacific coast

Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Strasse

Beyond the political differences between the USAmerican migration policy and the dictatorial communist German regime during the Cold War, the comparison is fair, at some extent. Both Germany and USA are some of the countries with the best cultural and economic resources. Both killed or are killing (or letting die) innocent people looking forward to be able to offer a better life to themselves and their families.

Between 1961 and 1989 (28 years), the DDR regime killed 136 people trying to escape to West Berlin.

Between 1998 and 2004 (6 years), a number of 1,954 migrants died or were killed trying to get to the USA.  And the number is dramatically increasing due to bastards such as Zetas and other drug dealers ("external" factors). In any case, the statistics here are not that clear.

Carl Osbon, American-Mexican border (1910)

American-Mexican border (2010)


Anonymous said...

I'm not in favor of either wall, but I think that the comparison falls as one of them was made to keep people from fleeing, and the other one to keep people from arriving...

Enrique G de la G said...

In that case (and some others), the comparison falls, yes...