For thousands of years men have built security barriers to keep out menace, real and imaginary. History tells us that while the track record of walls and fences to keep out a wily enemy is mixed, political barricades almost always generate paranoia and a misguided sense of power among those who guard them.
A week ago I wrote about the wall that Israel has erected to keep out Palestinians and the ridiculous commercial that celebrates the peaceful atmosphere supposedly created between warring populations as a result of separation. Following in the footsteps of Israel, India has built a fence on its border with Bangladesh to keep out smugglers, illegal aliens and terrorists. The area around the fence has become a killing zone. The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) is accused of firing indiscriminately and killing citizens on both sides of the fence. Around 6:41 on the video, listen to the Indian minister supporting the right of the security guards to "exercise his right of private defence by using minimum force." Shooting to kill unarmed villagers qualifies as minimum force according to this idiot's standards! (video link via Sepia Mutiny)