One guitar: 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

That one guitar made his whole life change.

Germans tear down the Berlin Wall, November 1989. (Image via
Germans tear down the Berlin Wall, November 1989. (Image via

What does the rock group Foreigner have to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall?  New post up at Liberty Unyielding.  Enjoy!

Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

Hope WAS a method, in this case.

Few may have joined in commemorating Ronald Reagan’s “ash heap of history” speech last week, but the infosphere is alive today with the sound of perhaps his most famous appeal, made on this day in 1987.

Peter Robinson had a wonderful piece at the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, in which he cited the opinions of former subjects of the Eastern Bloc that Reagan’s words spoken at the Brandenburg Gate had indeed made a difference.  A retired German, Dieter Elz, offered this perspective:

[T]he division of the continent [into Communist East and free West] had come to seem permanent, inescapable, fixed.

“Everyone was aware of the suffering in the East,” Dieter said, “but no one could see what to do about it. Continue reading “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Mr. Obama, Go Commemorate that Wall!

This old Cold Warrior can’t believe Obama doesn’t plan to go commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall.

It’s one of those events for which you remember where you were, like 9/11 or the Challenger disaster.  You remember seeing it on TV and experiencing remarkable thoughts and emotions for days, like the terrible assassinations of the late 1960s or Hurricane Katrina hitting the Gulf coast.  Where were you when the Berlin Wall came down? Continue reading “Mr. Obama, Go Commemorate that Wall!”