The history of walls is not good. There is the great big beautiful Wall of China that has been around for hundreds of years. It is so big that it can be seen from space. Presently its main function seems to be attracting tourists as a backdrop for photo shoots.

Then there was the Maginot Line, an immensely complex and costly military barrier, built by the French along their border with Germany meant to protect France from Nazi invasion. Have you ever seen those pictures of Hitler inspecting the Eiffel Tower?

Or how about the Berlin wall meant to keep East Germans from fleeing to the West during the cold war? Oh, yes, small pieces of it still remain as a reminder of the bad old days.

So now our clownish president wants to wastes umpteen dollars on another White Elephant Wall as a political gesture to some of his nitwit supports who have a cartoonish concept of what a border with Mexico should look like.

Meanwhile, wall or no wall, hundreds of thousands of Americans and Mexicans will continue to move back and fourth across the border everyday for work, trade, shopping and vacation. Some will walk; some will drive; and some will fly. Without ever thinking about a great big beautiful wall, if it were built, some Mexicans, if they choose, might still forget to leave America.

Hey, but at least folks in the Western Hemisphere won’t have to travel all the way to China to get their wall fix. Did I mention that America still has a desperate need for bucks to fix its crumbling infrastructure? Then again, I guess chanting build that wall sounds a lot sexier than fix that infrastructure, at least if you have a bad case of xenophobia.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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