20th anniversary of the collapse of Communism

Twenty years ago today, the Berlin Wall–the icon of the “Iron Curtain” that separated nations under Communist rule from the free West–was torn down by exuberant citizens from both sides. It thus is a convenient date to celebrate the fall of Communism. The totalitarian, oppressive, murderous system, protected by an extensive secret police and a panoply of nuclear weapons, came tumbling down when its citizens saw through the propaganda, said “no” to its claims, and chose freedom. That was surely one of the most remarkable revolutions in the history of the world.

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I used to be sad that I would never experience a time of universal rejoicing such as my parents experienced at the end of World War II.

    Then the Wall came down.

    And I found out I was right. A lot of people secretly loved the Wall.

  • http://www.brandywinebooks.net Lars Walker

    I used to be sad that I would never experience a time of universal rejoicing such as my parents experienced at the end of World War II.

    Then the Wall came down.

    And I found out I was right. A lot of people secretly loved the Wall.

  • Dan Kempin

    I’m curious to hear more, Lars.

  • Dan Kempin

    I’m curious to hear more, Lars.

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    Tue, it was a remarkable time. Of course while that happened at the waning of 1989, South Africa started its major change on the 2nd of February 1990, when De Klerk addressed paliament and announced the release of Mandela and the beginning of the deconstruction of Apartheid.

    Those were tumultous times…

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    Tue, it was a remarkable time. Of course while that happened at the waning of 1989, South Africa started its major change on the 2nd of February 1990, when De Klerk addressed paliament and announced the release of Mandela and the beginning of the deconstruction of Apartheid.

    Those were tumultous times…

  • Bruce Gee

    Is there any representative of our country over there to celebrate this wonderful occasion? I understand President Obama was invited, but turned down the invitation.

  • Bruce Gee

    Is there any representative of our country over there to celebrate this wonderful occasion? I understand President Obama was invited, but turned down the invitation.

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    Perhaps, Lars means something like: “I love Germany so much, I am glad there are two of them.” Was that Margaret Thatcher or the French? Can’t remember. However, the Tagesschau broadcast stresses how Paris is celebrating the 20th anniversary with extraordinary exuberance.

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    Perhaps, Lars means something like: “I love Germany so much, I am glad there are two of them.” Was that Margaret Thatcher or the French? Can’t remember. However, the Tagesschau broadcast stresses how Paris is celebrating the 20th anniversary with extraordinary exuberance.

  • DonS

    Lars, the love of some folks for the wall is far from secret. I posted this link below, but it is appropriate on this thread as well. It is scary how so many members of the intelligentsia have so little regard for human liberty: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/nov/08/1989-berlin-wall

  • DonS

    Lars, the love of some folks for the wall is far from secret. I posted this link below, but it is appropriate on this thread as well. It is scary how so many members of the intelligentsia have so little regard for human liberty: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/nov/08/1989-berlin-wall

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    #4: I saw somewhere that Hillary is there…

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    #4: I saw somewhere that Hillary is there…

  • Peter Leavitt

    Obama is the only head of state among the major countries involved in the Cold War who is not in Berlin. Too bad given the sacrifices of the American people and the leadership of presidents, including Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Reagan in winning the Cold War.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Obama is the only head of state among the major countries involved in the Cold War who is not in Berlin. Too bad given the sacrifices of the American people and the leadership of presidents, including Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Reagan in winning the Cold War.

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    This year will also mark the first time that the French will have a ceremony on Armistice Day that will include the German head-of-state. Surely we should be thankful for that, in that it shows that little by little, time heals the old wounds.

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    This year will also mark the first time that the French will have a ceremony on Armistice Day that will include the German head-of-state. Surely we should be thankful for that, in that it shows that little by little, time heals the old wounds.

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    Sorry, that should be the German prime minister (Merkel, in this case). The head-of-state is the Bundesprasident, Hans Kohler.

  • http://www.scyldingsinthemeadhall.blogspot.com The Scylding

    Sorry, that should be the German prime minister (Merkel, in this case). The head-of-state is the Bundesprasident, Hans Kohler.

  • http://www.powerlineblog.com Carl Vehse

    Power Line has a number of articles about the Berlin wall ceremonies and the history behind the wall, including:

    – A five-part series, “Obama’s gestures””

    – Berlin Footnote”

    – “Tear Down This Wall”

  • http://www.powerlineblog.com Carl Vehse

    Power Line has a number of articles about the Berlin wall ceremonies and the history behind the wall, including:

    – A five-part series, “Obama’s gestures””

    – Berlin Footnote”

    – “Tear Down This Wall”

  • http://www.powerlineblog.com Carl Vehse

    Why 0bama was a no-show?

    Tony Harnden explains in Not enough about him? Barack Obama skips Berlin Wall ceremonies.

  • http://www.powerlineblog.com Carl Vehse

    Why 0bama was a no-show?

    Tony Harnden explains in Not enough about him? Barack Obama skips Berlin Wall ceremonies.

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    http://ezralevant.com/2009/11/20th-anniversary-of-the-fall-o.html

    Ezra Levant has an interesting point regarding fall of the Wall, the lack of prosecution of communist wrong-doers and its effects of this neglect.

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    http://ezralevant.com/2009/11/20th-anniversary-of-the-fall-o.html

    Ezra Levant has an interesting point regarding fall of the Wall, the lack of prosecution of communist wrong-doers and its effects of this neglect.

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    Sorry, last sentence “the effect”.

  • http://thoughts-brigitte.blogspot.com Brigitte

    Sorry, last sentence “the effect”.


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