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Wed Jun 20, 2018, 08:37 PM

 

How does Trump's idea of a wall differ from the "Iron Curtain" that separated Eastern

and Western Europe for decades?

Trumps' wall would be an even thicker edifice.

The concept is unacceptable.

What keeps people out also keeps people in. The wall would make us less free.

No way should we have a wall between our country and any other country.

I lived not far from the Iron Curtain, and I know what its existence did to the people around it.

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Sophia4 Jun 2018 OP
TEB Jun 2018 #1
braddy Jun 2018 #2
Sophia4 Jun 2018 #6
world wide wally Jun 2018 #3
Ccarmona Jun 2018 #4
Sophia4 Jun 2018 #5

Response to Sophia4 (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2018, 08:40 PM

1. I agree

I was in West Germany only two years in mid 1980s. But I agree with you wall is just shit.

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Response to Sophia4 (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2018, 08:44 PM

2. The difference is that the communist wall was to create a prison for it's subjects and they were

killed if they tried to escape.

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Response to braddy (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 20, 2018, 09:13 PM

6. It's just a matter of time, and this wall will serve the same purpose.

 

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Response to Sophia4 (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2018, 08:47 PM

3. The part you're not getting is that Trump wants the wall as a monument to Trump

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Response to Sophia4 (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2018, 08:48 PM

4. The Only Physical Wall was Dividing Berlin

 

The rest of the Iron Curtain were the borders of the Countries within in it and the nations aligned with the West.

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Response to Ccarmona (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 20, 2018, 09:13 PM

5. The Iron Curtain was a barbed wire fence with gun turrets placed at certain intervals,

 

Did you every see it? I did, in several places.

Those who lived within the 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) border-zone needed special permission to enter the area within 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) of the border. The area was very difficult to approach and heavily fortified. In the 1950s and 1960s, a double barbed-wire fence was installed 50 metres (160 ft) from the border. The space between the two fences were laden with land mines. The minefield was later replaced with an electric signal fence (about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from the border) and a barbed wire fence, along with guard towers and a sand strip to track border violations.

Regular patrols sought to prevent escape attempts. They included cars and mounted units. Guards and dog patrol units watched the border 24/7 and were authorised to use their weapons to stop escapees. The wire fence nearest the actual border was irregularly displaced from the actual border, which was marked only by stones. Anyone attempting to escape would have to cross up to 400 metres (1,300 ft) before they could cross the actual border. Several escape attempts failed when the escapees were stopped after crossing the outer fence.

In parts of Czechoslovakia, the border strip became hundreds of meters wide, and an area of increasing restrictions was defined as the border was approached. Only people with the appropriate government permissions were allowed to get close to the border.

The Soviet Union built a fence along the entire border to Norway and Finland. It is located one or a few kilometres from the border, and has automatic alarms detecting if someone climbs over it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Curtain

The news reported the incidents of people trying to cross and, in some cases, flying over the Iron Curtain.

Please see the pictures at that website. It was quite real.

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