Monday, November 09, 2009
The Fall of the Berlin Wall
I think that it is important to note that today is the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I know that the most famous pictures are those showing people hacking at the concrete barrier that separated East and West Berlin with sledge hammers and pick axes, but that is not how it all really went down. Basically, a Communist spokesman for the East German government only glanced at an official edict that he was to announce to the world, and when he was questioned on its meaning by members of the media in attendance at the press conference, he basically said that the gates were open to the West. When thousands and thousands of and thousands more East German citizens approached the gates, the soldiers guarding them simply opened them. They could have driven the people off, but they just decided to let them through. That says that it was time, that the two sides were ready to become one. And so it happened. It was like putting a hole in a dyke; pretty soon it was a flood. And once East German fell, the rest of the European communist world fell like dominoes behind it. So it was a pretty remarkable and important historical event. And it all went down exactly twenty years ago today. So happy anniversary reunited Germany!