Monday, November 10, 2014

Reagan And The Berlin Wall

Monday, November 10, 2014

Gary L. Bauer

Campaign for Working Families
Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Not surprisingly, there was a lot of revisionist history over the weekend. Some reports heaped praised on Mikhail Gorbachev. Some even credited the collapse of the wall to a bureaucratic mistake.

But it was not a mistake or a quirky Soviet leader that led to one of freedom's greatest triumphs. Contrary to the advice of so many foreign policy elites, Ronald Reagan refused to accommodate the Soviets or rationalize away the evil that the Berlin Wall represented. Instead, Reagan took a stand for freedom and boldly declared, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

I shudder to think what the world might look like today had Jimmy Carter prevailed in 1980 or Walter Mondale in 1984. Had Ronald Reagan not been so steadfast in his defense of freedom, had his vision not prevailed, the Berlin Wall might still be standing today. While the world celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall, let's also celebrate the man who helped make it possible.