London Bridge Checkpoint, For Example!

checkpointGiven the spate of terror attacks in London, Berlin, Paris and Brussels, among other places, here is an idea whose time has come: checkpoints.

It should not be difficult to contain the problem of Islamic terror (or extremist Islamist terror if you prefer to be a bit more PC) if the countries hosting no-go zones within their (unprotected) borders are willing to overcome their denial and acknowledge the existence of such. Soeren Kern, writer for the Gatestone Institute, defined no-go zones:

No-go zones are Muslim-dominated neighborhoods that are largely off limits to non-Muslims due to a variety of factors, including the lawlessness and insecurity that pervades a great number of these areas. Host-country authorities have effectively lost control over many no-go zones and are often unable or unwilling to provide even basic public aid, such as police, fire fighting and ambulance services, out of fear of being attacked by Muslim youth.

With accurate identification and labeling, the no-go zones can then be enclosed within security walls. Be certain to call them security walls and then resoundingly protest any attempts to rename them “separation” walls or worse, “apartheid” walls. You do not want to fall prey to the demonization and delegitimization that characterize responses to Israel’s war on terror, do you?

Make sure to leave one or two openings in these walls into which to construct metal barriers that will comprise the checkpoints leading in and out of the no-go zones.

With watch towers at strategic distances along the top of the security walls, you can keep an eye out for any attempts to scale the walls and thus prevent terrorists from infiltrating the general population zones of your towns and cities.

Given that you already know the identities of the tens of thousands of potentially dangerous terrorists within your countries, enforced passage through checkpoints will make it easy for you to keep them within the walls. However, as Israel found, you will likely still need intelligence sources (i.e., confidential informants) to keep track of those the known terrorists are conscripting, since the as-yet-unknown conscripts will be the ones to be sent out into the general population to perpetrate deadly terror attacks. You have already rejected Israel’s offers to help you formulate your war on terror so I guess you will learn this by trial and error – or to be more exact, negligence and terror.

Since this will likely not be 100% secure, you may want to add checkpoints at other strategic sites, such as London Bridge, for example.

Acknowledging the presence of no-go zones has been inhibited because of the fear it would negatively affect business investments and tourism, according to Norwegian writer for Gatestone, Fjordman. Yet the growing frequency of murderous acts of terrorism that have claimed the lives of tourists may show that the time for identifying and closing off the no-go zones has really come. Then, knowing you take their safety seriously, tourists and businesses may more confidently return.

In any case, we in Israel are watching and wishing you the best. You chastise us for our security wall and for our checkpoints, calling them inhumane and accusing us of collective punishment. We hope that you will understand at some point that what is inhumane is the collective punishment in leaving your general population vulnerable to repeated acts of terror.

P.S. We just hope you do not face the same demands for sovereignty in your no-go zones that we do here. After all, there really are enough Muslim countries in the world, no?



Sheri Oz

Living in Israel for 40 years, Sheri is a retired psychotherapist. Always interested in politics and international affairs, she now has time to study and write about it to her heart’s content. She often writes on her own site, Israel Diaries -

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