I guess we're done. Haha that cut off earlier than I thought it would. Good discussion though @mosheweissman
@sharkb8 I know! I thought there was some more time to get another couple back and forths. I enjoyed as always!
@mosheweissman I did mean to answer your last question though. I think since we already have a benchmark of how many we can stop, it seems unlikely that a wall would help stop very many more. In some ways it could wind up making things harder to catch people, but even if that were to be managed, it would be a very slight increase in border apprehensions, which doesn't justify a doubling of the budget, especially when you could also get that slight increase by sending a few more border enforcement officials down for a fraction of the cost, without the property rights issues.
Construction began on parts of the wall as early as 7th BC, but it was Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor, who connected these parts and created what resembled a wall in 221 – 206 BC. It was more like a line of guard posts that helped spread signals to warn of invasions and draw in reinforcement troops.The purpose of the wall was to protect against members of the XiongNu (also sometimes referred to as the “Huns”, a nomadic people in Ancient Central Asia) who often raided the Chinese northern border. The XiongNu were highly mobile herders, who rode on horseback, and at the time were very adept at stealing from their neighbors of Northern China. While the wall was probably ineffective against individual armies (who could scale the side of it), the wall was much better at keeping horsemen and their horses out. Instead of having an open prairie as their battleground, the nomadic army was forced to concentrate their attack at one section of the wall. A smoke or fire signal would be lit along the wall, and reinforcement troops would be sent in.Yes, the wall was quite successfulhttp://blog.tutorming.com/expats/was-the-great-wall-china-effective-did-it-workCHINA BUILDS WALL, EVERYONE HAPPY AND AMAZED AND IT KEPT OUT THE BAD GUYS AND LET IN THE GOOD GUYS (USE OF A GATE DOOR IN THE WALL.)TRUMP WANTS TO BEING SAME KIND OF WALL... EVERYONE LOSES THEIR MINDS. WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS WORLD COMING TO?