American Elephants

Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall! by The Elephant's Child
November 10, 2009, 2:15 am
Filed under: Europe, Freedom, History, Politics | Tags: , ,

Germany today celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of East and West Germany that resulted, and the collapse of Communism.  It was a big day for the Germans, and they have been celebrating for some time.  The leaders of all the Western Democracies were there.

The United States sent a delegation headed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  President Obama did not attend.  He sent a video of himself, noting that Jack Kennedy once spoke at the Brandenburg Gate, and that he, Obama,  was the first African-American President of the United States. Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John-Paul, Helmut Kohl and all the people who had a real part in bringing the wall down, were not mentioned.

Power Line has printed an excerpt from Peter Robinson’s memoir How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life.  Robinson was the speechwriter assigned to write the Brandenburg Gate address and the excerpt is an account of how the speech came about.

The usual liberal pieces have appeared on schedule today, noting all the world’s walls.  The Israeli wall, the wall between the U.S. and Mexico — supposedly comparable. What they never seem to grasp are the differences.  The Berlin Wall was constructed to keep the German people in East Germany in. It was a prison wall, tall— with barbed wire, watch towers, floodlights armed guards and machine guns — to keep desperate citizens from escaping to freedom.

And the idea that communism killed over 100 million of their own people has been conveniently assigned to the memory hole.

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