It seems like Donald Trump’s election has triggered all sorts of regrettable domino effects. Many countries first followed his immigration bans, and now, the man has seemingly inspired US’s rather notorious friend, Saudi Arabia, to build a massive wall to stem the flow of raiding parties of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacking the Saudi borders.
The final straw seems to be the ISIL attack at a Saudi check post last week, which led to the death of three border guards, including General Oudah al-Belawi. General Oudah was the commander of the boundary operations in Saudi Arabia’s northern zone.
The Saudis are now building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall,” which is a daunting combination of fence and ditch in a bid to cut out any unregulated influx of people from the northern Iraqi border. The situation has gone from bad to worse in Iraq, where ISIL now controls much of the area. The people of ISIL consider conquering Saudi Arabia, the home to Islam’s holiest mosques of Mecca and Medina, as their key goal.
To be fair, the wall isn’t entirely a new concept, with the initial proposal being under discussion since 2006, during the escalated Iraqi civil war. But the plan has only been dug out of the dusty drawers after ISIL’s recent charge through the west and north of Iraq.
The border zone includes five impenetrable layers of fencing and barbed wires, along with watch towers, night-vision, and radar cameras. Riyadh has also deployed an extra 30,000 troops to the area.
The country can’t afford an insurgency or a civil war inside its borders, as besides the massive oil resources; its economy heavily depends on the holy pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina by the Muslims during the Hajj season. But sadly, just like the POTUS’s logic, the only solution to the bloody mess that is created by their misplaced foreign policies is to cut off the country and wait for the storm to pass.
The state is also looking to fend itself by creating an even longer physical barrier along parts of the 1000-mile border with Yemen to the south as they are threatened by the Houthi rebels fighting against the onslaught started by the Saudi government themselves.
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