16 November 2009

In case you missed it

I've been so focused on the tragedy at Fort Hood that I haven't been able to post much about another recent event--the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I was 9 years old at the time, and I didn't understand what it truly meant.

Fortunately, Sarah Sophia, who blogs from her home in Denmark, summed up many Europeans' thoughts about the fall of the Berlin Wall in a post she wrote last week.

When I was in college, I occasionally ran into students with Che Guevara t-shirts who claimed that life in Communist countries was actually quite good. Sorry, but Sarah Sophia describes the situation in East Germany quite well, and reminds us that the Soviets put the wall up in order to keep those in the East from fleeing in droves to the West.

Anyway, for a lighter look at the fall of the Berlin Wall, here's Jon Stewart.

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1 comment:

CJWilly said...

Life was bad and in many places, it's *still* pretty bad. Bulgaria and Romania are very poor. Hungary and the Baltic states are on the verge of bankruptcy. Despite huge subsidies from the West, East Germany is not doing great either.

In the former U.S.S.R., the destruction of Communism was simply catastrophic. The Central Asian 'stans become autocratic dictatorships. The economies of Russia and Ukraine completely collapsed, whatever wealth they have recovered since then concentrated in very few hands.

Not a defense of Marxism-Leninism, but a recognition of the failures of capitalism in its wake!