Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Sure, NOW It's In Style

BBC News reports that in order to protect the Red Sea resort of Sharm al Sheikh, Egypt is building a security fence. Sounds familiar?

But wait, there's more:

The officials said the fence would stretch for 20km (12 miles) and force vehicles wanting to enter the town to pass through one of four checkpoints.

Both a security fence AND checkpoints!

And one more indignity:

A town resident told Reuters that one portion would cut off a nearby Bedouin settlement where many workers live.

Imagine, innocent civilians being inconvenienced by the fence. But, just let the Egyptians explain:

A security official cited by AFP news agency said the fence was "not meant to stop any particular group of people but prevent terrorist attacks".

If there's one thing the Middle East is richer in than oil, it's irony.

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