Momentary Lapse of Reason

Besides being a title to a Pink Floyd album, it is what happened to former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev recently. A charismatic man who along with the Gipper did much to bring down the Berlin Wall, let’s not forget John Paul II as well.

Growing up in the 80s (I say this because I grew up with the fear of Mutually Assured Destruction) I remember watching news and such and remembering Gorbie as one who ushered in change in the former Soviet Union.

Well Mr. Gorbachev was in Texas recently and made the following observation:

“‘You remember President Reagan standing in Berlin and saying, “This wall should be torn down,'” said the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner. ‘Now the United States seems to be building almost the Wall of China between itself and this other nation with which it has been associated for many decades and has had cooperation and interaction with.

‘I think what is really needed are ideas and proposals about how to improve that cooperation and work out all of those issues regarding immigration flows. I don’t think the U.S. is so weak and so much lacks confidence as not to be able to find a different solution.'”

I’m not a historian nor do I play one on this blog but I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out to Gorbie that the Berlin Wall was built to keep people in and not to keep people out, as the US-Mexico wall is supposed to do.  Nichevo Misha!

People in the West (Europe and America) were not flocking in droves to join the wonderful worker paradises to the east of the Berlin Wall, unless they were rewarded handsomely for it for betraying their country and spying for the Soviets. People (my family included) are however flocking to the US to make a better life for themselves.

Click here to read the article.

H/T: Drudge

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4 Responses to Momentary Lapse of Reason

  1. Belinda says:

    I think the wall was in place to keep people out . . . mostly the evil U.S. military. It’s well known in various parts of the world that are located near U.S. military bases that the populations of those countries just as soon keep the horny american soldiers out of harm’s way.

  2. Lazaro says:

    yeah I’m sure that’s why the wall was built, it had nothing to do with people in East Germany wanting to leave…

  3. Belinda says:

    Okay, think about it . . . why are they considering putting up a wall along the mexican border?? Is it to keep us in OR the illegals out??

  4. Lazaro says:

    Belinda, in America we can leave the country whenever we so choose. I do not know your age but remember back in the Cold War, the stories coming out from behind the Iron Curtain? How they weren’t free to leave their countries and what not.

    Don’t believe the stories regarding the oppressive Soviet regime but I personally know someone who lived there (Kazahkstan, sp?) during this time. She tells me that, no, they were not free to leave the Soviet Union. When she looks back she can’t believe the amount of control the government had on its citizens. I asked her to compare the US as she sees it (she’s been here for a few years) to the Soviet Union of much of her life. She said there’s no comparison, the US tons better when it comes to personal freedoms.

    The wall is being put up for political reasons (we all know people are still going to come from my homeland to find a better life here), but the excuse being given is that it will keep people from illegally crossing into the US.

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