Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Mr. Gorbachev...

..."Tear down this wall!" Twenty years ago today, President Ronald Wilson Reagan gave his famous speech, urging Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall and usher in a new era of freedom for all the citizens cowering behind the oppressive iron curtain. The famous line from his speech:

"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!"

Notably, both Reagan's State Department and National Security Council opposed the speech, including Deputy NSA Colin Powell (surprise, surprise). The wall finally fell on November 9th of that year, in an emotional and awe-inspiring display of the people's yearning for freedom.

See also: Powerline has video of the speech, also Bryan at Hot Air has this post which also includes the video.

Update: Welcome AoSHQ morons! After paying proper homage to The Gipper, feel free to look around. Some possibilities are: a theory I had regarding those whales that were lost a couple weeks ago, my FAQ post (even though I've never actually been asked anything!), some recent movie reviews are here, and I develop a rather painful headache! So, make yourselves at home, the bar is open! I am a newbie, so feel free to leave any general tips/ideas/picked-nits in the comments. Thanks!

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