The Berlin Wall was the physical representation of the “Cold War.” The structure across the city of Berlin was not built to protect Communist Germany from the forces of freedom, it was constructed to keep the East Germans from fleeing communism. During the 750th anniversary of the founding of the city of Berlin, President Reagan explained the reasons the wall had to come down in a way no other POTUS has ever had the guts to confront an enemy:
We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
In one of the United States greatest victories, just two years later the wall was down, communism in eastern Europe was dead and the cold war was over.
In the 28 years in which the wall divided the city, about 5,000 people risked their lives escaping across it to the West and up to 200 more are estimated to have died in the attempt. No one sought to flee in the other direction, and few on either side of that barrier had any illusions about the oppressive nature of the regime that built it. Few today remember it’s lessons. Especially the “Leader of the Free World.”
Today, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall the leaders of France, Britain and Germany are there to commemorate the end of the Cold War. President Obama was invited to attend the celebration of this great American-led victory. This President who had time to go overseas and try to get the Olympics, who never misses his golf game, says he didn’t have time to celebrate the fall of the Berlin wall. Maybe it he is just too darn busy resurrecting the government control of personal freedoms that existed in Eastern Europe before the wall was destroyed, and thrusting them upon his own country.
This anniversary should be reminding Americans the horrors people faced while living under socialism. It should also make us remember that America’s foreign policy used to be based on morality. We used to be a nation whose leaders believed so strongly in freedom that they pursued it relentlessly, and and that pursuit saved the West from socialist domination. America used to confront nations that limited freedom, today our President bows to the King of the repressive Saudi government. We used to help nations trying to free themselves from the rule of despots, but today we cut off aid to Honduras.
As the world celebrates the collapse of the Soviet System today, the supposed leader of the free world Barack Obama is in Washington DC. Is he really too busy, or does the President hate the taste of freedom and liberty?