From a San Diego Union-Tribune article, the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana is quoted saying, "A wall that separates one country from another is not something that I like or that the European Union members like. We don't think walls are reasonable instruments to stop people from crossing into a country.”
This is an incredible piece of hypocracy out of the Spaniard Solana. Spain, with EU funding, has built separation fences between Ceuta & Melilla and Morroco. The fences (the Ceuta fence is pictured) are triple rows of razor wire, with guard towers, spotlights and motion detectors. They were built to keep illegal immigrants out of the two Spanish enclaves in North Africa.
Even more outrageously, he also stated, "(the EU believes immigrants should be treated) like people, not like criminals.” This is of course a complete non sequitur. The fence's purpose has nothing to do with criminalizing legal immigration. Rather, exactly like the Spanish fences it is intended to prevent illegal immigration.
Of course the notion that the European Union Foreign Policy Chief has any reak power is is little more than farcical theater, and even Solana must know he is spouting nonsense, still -- why do we allow the EU to meddle in U.S./Mexican bilateral relations without rebuke from our State Department? The fact that the U.S. allows a steady drip-drip of propoganda without making any credible response is increasingly disheartening.
Our public doplomacy is hopeless. Not only do we seem unwilling to make our case, we are even unwilling to counter daft claims like Solana's.