Sunday, November 08, 2009

Berlin Wall follies.

Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall was danced-upon by East and West Berliners. (And yes, I remember that night.)

(You see, kids, there used to be this thing called "communism." Barack Obama is trying to bring it back, though. Godspeed, Comrade Obama!)

You'd think Mikhail Gorbachev would be an interesting person to ask about the Berlin Wall, and you'd be right. The CBC just had an interview with him, which contained this tasty (if paraphrased) nugget of insight into late-1980s geopolitics:

Interviewer: "In 1987, US president Ronald Reagan said, 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.' What was your reaction to that at the time?"

Gorbachev: "It didn't mean anything to us, really. It was nothing new. And, after all, he had been an actor."

Take that, Ghost of Ronald Reagan! You didn't do shit! (Plus, your movies were terrible.)

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