November 9th, 1989, the Day the Berlin Wall was Demolished in a Spirit of Peace and Celebration
A Brief Comment by Doug Draper
Posted November 9th, 2019
“If you are not moving forward, you are moving backward.”
― Mikhail Gorbachev
Many of us know that Americans like to give their president at the time – that former B-movie actor and television commercial pitchman Ronald Reagan – much of the credit for the Berlin Wall coming down.
I may get myself in trouble for saying this, but I think a lot of credit also has to go to courageous freedom fighters like union organizer and later to become Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa of Poland, and to the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev who, rather than unleash troops and tanks, just let it be.
Let’s be fair and give the proper amount of credit where credit is due.
It always kind of seemed to at least some of us at the time that Gorbachev wanted to put an end to the dark decades of the Cold War and Soviet oppression too.
So the Berlin Wall tumbled in a celebration of peace and now we have another world leader chomping at the bit to build another one along his country’s southern border.
To view some of that mind-blowing footage many watched on television at the time, click on the screen below –
Meanwhile, closer to home in 2019, at the border intersecting the world’s largest supply of what we hope will be healthy, fresh water for generations to come –
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