I just returned from Belfast, a city that has suffered through the “Troubles” since the 1960’s. Due to rising violence, in 1969 city government started building walls between Catholic and Protestant sections. They were called “peaceline” barriers.
That clever name reminded me of the Berlin Wall. When the East German communist government erected the Berlin Wall in 1961 they called it the ‘Anti-Fascist Protection Barrier”, conveniently ignoring the fact that all the guns and barbed wire pointed east. George Orwell certainly was correct when he predicted the ability of governments to name things to suit their needs.
The walls in Belfast were (continue reading)