Will the Real Berlin Wall Please Stand Up?

I’ve not read as much as I’d like about the 20 year celebration of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. So, of those who’ve read more, I ask: is this AP piece a representative summary of the celebration? No mention of Pope John Paul II? No mention of Ronald Reagan? Mikhail Gorbachev the celebrated figure?

My goodness, I hope not. It’s one thing when historical revisionism successfully reaches back one or two hundred years. But twenty?

(As an aside, I find the use of falling dominos as the dramatic prop to be awfully ironic, given that it was Eisenhower’s “domino theory” that animated so much of our foreign policy during the Cold War.)


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