Tuesday, May 6, 2008

"Peace Walls"








Surge, Success or Not? and Maintaining Surge Results spoke re the “temporary” walls that the U.S. military were installing between neighborhoods to help keep the peace in Baghdad. Not a new formulation, these were used extensively in Northern Ireland and Belfast to separate Catholics and Protestants. However, ten years after the signing of the Good Friday agreement that brought peace to the area, these walls remain. Some want them taken down, but many do not. In fact new “peace walls” (as they are called here) continue to be erected… Not a particularly good omen for Iraq/Baghdad!

Despite peace, Belfast walls are growing in size and number
Belfast still split by 'Peace Walls' (You Tube video)
The Peace Wall (graffiti pictures on Flickr)
Peace Walls pictures (slideshow)


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