Saudi Arabia will join Israel in defending itself against the ongoing attack that the kingdom faces from Islamic terrorism by building a physical barrier to keep Islamic extremists out (or at least to keep external extremists out). The Saudis plan to construct fencing that will be the envy of any maximum security prison, all along the part of Saudi Arabia’s northern border that the kingdom shares with Iraq.

Their fence will sport five layers of barbed wire, motion sensors (underground), communication towers, military response stations, radar, video monitoring complete with night cameras, and multiple rapid intervention teams.

Who opposes this act of self defense and robust assertion of national borders? ISIS does, of course. The brutal movement previously characterized by President Obama as a “junior varsity” annoyance would like nothing more than unfettered access to the Saudi Kingdom. ISIS now rules over Anbar province, just north of Saudi Arabia. The junior varsity team scored an upset, and now controls territory.

But it is not only ISIS that has shown offense at the Saudis’ fence. Many western media outlets have phrased their reporting on the Saudis’ construction project in highly critical terms. When it comes to border fences, the media’s stance begins and ends with the opening line from Robert Frost’s famous poem, Mending Wall:

Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.

This attitude failed to apprehend that the “Something” that doesn’t love a wall is an Islamofascist movement that is targeting innocent life worldwide.

Moreover, missing from press reports on this major national project is any mention of the influence that the success of Israel’s border fence likely had on the Saudis’ decision. The Israelis were roundly criticized for building a barrier of their own through portions of the West Bank. Now the Saudis, witnessing right before their eyes the fall of Anbar province to ISIS, are following suit.

The Saudis understand this very well. As it turns out, something there is that does like a wall, and that is Saudi Arabia and Israel, as they evaluate realistic responses to the wave of attacks they are facing (and that the Saudis bear some responsibility for fomenting outside, if not inside, their borders).

These provocative fences, whether Saudi or Israeli, exhibit national self-confidence and an unapologetic assertion of the lawful prerogatives of a state. If that sort of thing were to prove successful, America’s failure to defend its borders with a physical barrier might become ever more, well, indefensible. And that is not a story the media wants to cover. That’s a story that includes the also-famous last line of Frost’s poem:

Good fences make good neighbors.


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