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Remembering the Victims of Communism

On this historic anniversary, the folks at Reason TV have produced a great four minute piece on the victims of Communism. I highlight this because we had so many callers today who lived under or saw first hand life under a socialist dictatorship. People like Kris and Erica and Susan (who lived in West Germany) knew first hand what is was like.

But as Reason TV points out, these people and their lives and their sacrifices are too often forgotten. And today many would even like to flush it all down the memory hole.

And as we look back on that event, we have to resolve, that never again that peoples and nations will allow so evil a tyranny to terrorize the world.

Author and historian Lee Edwards

Yes some, like the New York Times and the Boston Globe, would like to carry on the intellectual debate about what brought the wall down. But after watching this video I am sure you will agree, it was tyranny itself and a people yearning to be free, backed by the world’s defender of freedom, and led by a strong and resolute President that brought down this wall.

Please watch … and never, ever, forget.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2prVpI7m4tM

For more … you can review my post from earlier today.

Happy Anniversary Germany. Thank you Mr. Reagan

On November 9, 1989, the East German Government announced that its citizens could freely visit West Germany and West Berlin. It came after several weeks of protests by East German citizens who yearned for the kind of freedom that the west enjoyed. It also marked the end of a 28 year old blockade that was the result of some 3 and a half million people fleeing communism to the west.

After its erection, numbers vary, but it is estimated that 5000 people attempted to cross the wall resulting in between 100 and 200 people being killed according to published reports.

I have included three videos here. All very short. The first is from a new CBC documentary on the wall, and the web page is really very good. Go and watch. It’s also interactive. I have not been through it all.

Then there is this from ABC … thrilling. I get chills. God bless freedom!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnYXbJ_bcLc

The second of course needs no introduction. June 12, 1987:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjWDrTXMgF8

I miss Ronald Reagan. Those who remember what times were like then understand the significance of today’s anniversary. It is equally hard to understand why the current President will not be in Germany for the anniversary.

But the president does not plan to travel to Germany to attend the 20th anniversary celebration Monday of the fall of the Berlin Wall, drawing heated criticism from those who say he’s ignoring a shining triumph of American-inspired democracy.

“A tragedy,” is how former House Speaker Newt Gingrich described Obama’s absence.

Some question whether the decision not to go was a nod to Russia, with which the Obama administration is trying to mend relations, or just another attempt to play down the perception of the United States as an exceptional superpower.

For its part, the administration is citing a scheduling conflict. The White House says the president simply does not have the time to go, with the trip to Asia starting Wednesday.

Gotta get a new scheduler.