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Twenty Years Later: Why the Berlin Wall Fell
The Woodward Report ^ | Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

Posted on 11/09/2009 11:34:58 AM PST by honestabe010

We are approaching the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism. This comprehensively refuted the Communist claim to represent the people. Yet, the claim continues, sometimes dazzling a new generation of youngsters with no inkling of why the Berlin Wall fell on November 9, 1989.

In democratic Capitalism, said Karl Marx, the rich became richer and the poor poorer. Marxism inspired young idealists for over a century. Lenin's revolution in Russia in 1917 was hailed as a new dawn. Stalin's invasions brought Communism to Eastern Europe. Communist governments there pledged to create a paradise for workers, who would be freed from exploitative Capitalists and instead work for the state, which would give them full employment and welfare.

Czech author Milan Kundera says of the Communists, "They had a grandiose plan, a plan for a brand new world in which everyone would find his place: the creation of an idyll of justice for all. People have always aspired to an idyll, a garden where nightingales sing, a realm of harmony where the world does not rise up as a stranger against man, nor man against other men."

Problem: this supposed paradise was imposed at gun-point. Nevertheless leftists cheered, dismissing objectors as Capitalist elitists. These elitists would deservedly be decimated, but the masses would get equality and fabulous benefits in paradise.

Alas, this equality was a sham: equality is not possible between those imposing the rules and those imposed upon. Eastern Europeans found that the supposed paradise was actually a cage in which they were fed and watered, but denied basic freedoms to speak, act or move. Masses of youngsters began emigrating from the Communist paradises to the supposed hell-holes of the West...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Germany; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: berlinwall; gorbachev; ronaldusmagnus; sovietunion; twentyyearslater

1 posted on 11/09/2009 11:35:00 AM PST by honestabe010
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To: honestabe010

Dark day for the Democrats.


2 posted on 11/09/2009 11:37:04 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/TeddyVWad.jpg)
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To: honestabe010

Rush just played Ronaldus Magnus saying “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”.

After 20 years I still get chills.


3 posted on 11/09/2009 11:39:01 AM PST by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: honestabe010

Reagan demonstrated that the best way to defeat an idea is with a better idea.


4 posted on 11/09/2009 11:39:52 AM PST by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: honestabe010
It's hard to believe the “it's never really been tried” canard actually lives on. Like the Holocaust, we have to keep alive the knowledge of the evils communism perpetrated to keep people from doing it again.
5 posted on 11/09/2009 11:40:14 AM PST by colorado tanker (What's it all about, Barrrrry? Is it just for the power, you live?)
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To: honestabe010

“Great article!” bump.


6 posted on 11/09/2009 11:46:53 AM PST by Sans-Culotte
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To: day10
Rush just played Ronaldus Magnus saying “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”.

O'bama's Berlin Speech Contest

Post YOUR version of the 1989 Berlin Speech, if Barry O'bama had been President then.

Mr. Gorbachev sir, we think the interests of all people are served best by the removal of this divisive structure and we propose that the United States bear the cost of deconstructing it, and we will pay you for the privilege, if it's not too much trouble.
7 posted on 11/09/2009 11:55:25 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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O'bama's Berlin Speech Contest

Post YOUR version of the 1989 Berlin Speech, if Barry O'bama had been President then.

Mr. Gorbachev, rebuild this wall several hundred miles to the west.

8 posted on 11/09/2009 12:51:45 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Any similarity between V and the Obama admin is just that of Obama and any other totalitarian regime)
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To: honestabe010

bttt


9 posted on 11/09/2009 1:08:13 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("God bless the child who's got his own." Arthur Herzog Jr./Billie Holiday)
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