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Bremer wall

Bremer wall
 n.— «Developed by the Israelis in order to put up a physical barrier between themselves and the Palestinians, the Iraq version of these segmented walls is constructed out of thousands of portable, twelve-foot-high slabs of steel-reinforced concrete. When stood upright on their pedestals, these “T-walls” look something like giant tombstones, totems perhaps from some long-lost Easter Island culture gone minimalist. When placed together edge-to-edge as “blast walls,” they form the gray undulations that have now become Baghdad’s most distinguishing feature. And because they proliferated during the administration of L. Paul Bremer III, they became known to some as “Bremer walls.”» —“Baghdad: The Besieged Press” by Orville Schell Mother Jones Mar. 14, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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  • I believe there must be many earlier references to this term, as it appears in a book published in 2005 by Al Franken, entitled “The Truth (With Jokes).”

  • I can’t say I ever heard this term when I was deployed in 2005-6. Is this the same as a “Texas barrier,” or are we talking about a different piece of concrete here?

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