Obama doesn’t want to celebrate the anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s beneficient self-destruction in 1989 for several obvious reasons:
- One, during the Cold War he was more concerned about the evils of helping the Contras and the El Salvadorans than with the much greater evils inflicted against Europeans by the Soviets and their lackeys.
- Two, his fundamental perception of the world is narrow, parochial, self-obsessed and black-obsessed, and thus has little use for highlighting the Cold War and the West’s triumph.
- Three, he will be a bit player rather than the main attraction. Unacceptable.
- Four, his present-day inability to lead Europeans, treat them as important to us and our destiny, will show that the promise of greater respect and influence around the world post-Bush under Obama is a chimera.
The fall of the Berlin Wall is a very meaningful event for me. In 1989 I was in high school and studying German. I was fairly in tune with current affairs. I strongly supported the United States and its principles of freedom over communism. I admired our military strength. I rejected the false equivalence of the two sides so often spouted by half-witted social studies teachers and news broadcasters.
On the day the wall fell, we took the day off of class to discuss the meaning of events. It was an exciting time and a tangible symbol of the victory of the freedom-loving West over the backwards, inefficient, and often murderous regimes of the Warsaw Pact. Ronald Reagan fought this fight, along with Maggie Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, and thousands of American servicemen who fought communism in Korea, Vietnam, Central America, and as a deterrent force in Western Europe. Reagan led the charge when dominant “sophisticated” opinion was that rapprochement and accommodation to the Soviet system were inevitable and desirable.
Obama and his team were on the wrong end of this fight. Outside of a few hawkish Southern Democrats, the mainstream Democratic Party proffered a policy of military weakness and moral confusion. John Kerry, Mondale, and Dukakis with their opposition to MX Missiles, arming the Contras, and standing up to the Soviets make this plain.
Obama wrote his college thesis on nuclear disarmament; other papers of his suggest he went for the totally naive liberal idea of unilateral disarmament–the so-called “nuclear freeze.” Thank God we didn’t freeze our arms, nor did we freeze our moral resolve. We won. They lost. And as a consequence civilization and the Christian religion have been restored in Eastern Europe and Russia. Thanks for nothing Obama.