Sunday, November 9, 2014

Fall of the Berlin Wall - 25 Years Ago

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan called on Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

Two years after Reagan delivered his speech at the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall did fall.

Here's the entire speech:

Twenty-five years ago today, on November 9, 1989, it happened.

We won the Cold War.

We won.


Is communism making a comeback?

Are we on the verge of a new Cold War?

Gorbachev thinks so.

From The Guardian:

Speaking at a symposium near the Brandenburg Gate yesterday morning, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev warned that the world was “on the brink of a new cold war” and strongly criticised the west for having sown the seeds of the current crisis by mishandling the fallout from the collapse of the iron curtain.

“Instead of building new mechanisms and institutions of European security and pursuing a major demilitarisation of European politics … the west, and particularly the United States, declared victory in the cold war,” said the man behind the Soviet Union’s glasnost and perestroika reforms.

“Euphoria and triumphalism went to the heads of western leaders. Taking advantage of Russia’s weakening and the lack of a counterweight, they claimed monopoly leadership and domination in the world.”

The enlargement of Nato, Kosovo, missile defence plans and wars in the Middle East had led to a “collapse of trust”, said Gorbachev, now 83. “To put it metaphorically, a blister has now turned into a bloody, festering wound.”
Gorbachev obviously doesn't want to own up to the fact that the Soviet Union lost the Cold War.

The Berlin Wall crumbled.

The Soviet Union crumbled.

The Eastern Bloc crumbled.

That's what happened. We were right to declare victory because, oh, I don't know, maybe because WE WON.

Obama has been doing his damnedest to weaken the United States, but apparently that's not enough to satisfy Gorbachev.

I suppose he knows that many Americans, and people around the world, don't share Obama's desire to subject individuals to a massive and oppressive centralized government. We believe in American exceptionalism.

Bottom line: Enemies of freedom eventually lose.

Gorbachev is bitter. He's a sore loser.

Leftists tend not to be good losers.

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