On his radio show Thursday, Rush Limbaugh discussed what he called the “Great Wall of Saudi Arabia,” a 600-mile barrier which the country is building in response to the ISIS threat on their border—and which Limbaugh said has an implied lesson to teach America: “fences work.”
After describing the long history of terrorism linked to Saudi Arabia, Limbaugh recounted the speech King Abdullah gave to ambassadors from other nations last year in which he warned them of the imminent threat posed by ISIS. Some, noted Limbaugh, dismissed the speech as exaggeration to make some kind of political point, but Saudi Arabia’s new defense barrier proves that Abdullah truly is highly concerned about the Islamic State.
In his description of the massive project, Limbaugh suggested that America could learn a thing or two about the effectiveness of border control (emphasis added):
Saudi Arabia is building a 600-mile great wall. Saudi Arabia is building a massive fence 600 miles long. It’s a combined fence and ditch. Its purpose is to separate Saudi Arabia from Iraq to the north. Most of the area on the Iraqi side of the border of Saudi Arabia is now controlled by ISIS, or ISIL. But they’re not just building a 600-mile fence. And, by the way, why are they building the fence? They’re building the fence to keep ISIS out. And you know why? Because fences work. It’s not just a fence, folks. This is a five-layered fence, and it has ditches.
This is a massive construction project. It has berms, it has razor wire, thermal sensors, radar, and helicopters. It is a full protection security system, 500 miles of that. Stop and think for a moment a 500-mile, five-layered fence. This is not just a bunch of stakes in the ground with some barbed wire running. There are guard towers every so many feet, miles, whatever, the trenches are deep. They are all packed with sensors to detect anybody trying to cross. And if you get caught you’re gonna be beheaded. They don’t mess around.
Limbaugh also used the story to underscore just how dangerous ISIS is internationally:
Six hundred miles. This is gonna dwarf, not the length, but it’s gonna dwarf in size, scope, and effectiveness the Great Wall of China. It’s going to be militarized using technology available in 2015. Thirty-thousand troops will man this fence and the sole purpose of the fence is to keep ISIS out. The Saudis are scared to death of ISIS. And the king made it clear to those newly arrived ambassadors last fall, it’s abundantly clear the Saudis are scared to death of ’em. If the Saudis, if these guys are too radical and too whatever for the Saudis, it ought to tell you that they are a bad, bad bunch.
Via the Telegraph: