Intermarkets' Privacy Policy

Donate to Ace of Spades HQ!

Recent Entries
Absent Friends
Bandersnatch 2024
GnuBreed 2024
Captain Hate 2023
moon_over_vermont 2023
westminsterdogshow 2023
Ann Wilson(Empire1) 2022
Dave In Texas 2022
Jesse in D.C. 2022
OregonMuse 2022
redc1c4 2021
Tami 2021
Chavez the Hugo 2020
Ibguy 2020
Rickl 2019
Joffen 2014
AoSHQ Writers Group
A site for members of the Horde to post their stories seeking beta readers, editing help, brainstorming, and story ideas. Also to share links to potential publishing outlets, writing help sites, and videos posting tips to get published. Contact OrangeEnt for info:
maildrop62 at proton dot me
Cutting The Cord And Email Security
Moron Meet-Ups

Texas MoMe 2024: 10/18/2024-10/19/2024 Corsicana,TX
Contact Ben Had for info

Media Chicken-Plucking Continues: "Secondary Trauma" May Be to Blame for Hasan's Mass Murder | Main | House Democrat: Hey, No Worries, We'll Be Stripping the Stupak Amendment Out of the Bill Shortly Enough
November 09, 2009

What Smart Diplomacy Looks And Sounds Like

Today is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

It didn't happen because Mikhail Gorbachev was a neat guy who was channeling his inner Jefferson. No matter what some will say, the Wall didn't fall because of protesters and appeasers, it happened in spite of them.

The Berlin Wall and the Soviet Bloc fell because of more than 40 years of constant effort and vigilance by millions of Americans and Europeans who stood watch against and on more than one occasion went to war with the forces of repression and tyranny.

It fell because of leaders like Ronald Reagan.

Reagan kept that "tear down this wall" line in over the objections of the State Department who feared it was too provocative. Somethings never change.

That speech was delivered a year and a half before the wall fell. Did it have any direct impact on the end of the Cold War as we knew it? The man who wrote the line thinks so.

As I looked over my notes in my hotel room that evening, I was struck by the way Marschinke and Bammel had both used language suggesting a sense of incredulity or unreality. The wall, both had implied, had seemed so real, solid, immovable--such a fixed part of everyday life, of the East German state and of the entire Communist outlook and philosophy--that the very idea of tearing it down had by contrast seemed strange and fantastic. Even when the wall had ceased to function, Bammel, a professional diplomat, had had trouble believing it until he had seen, with his own eyes, East Germans freely crossing the border.

Ronald Reagan, I recognized in that Berlin hotel room, had given something to people in the East, something difficult to describe but tangible all the same. In predicting that Communism would end up on the ash heap of history, in describing the Soviet Union as an evil empire--in insisting that the West remained fundamentally vibrant and good, the Soviet Union backward and corrupt--Reagan had spoken the unspeakable. He had done what no one could do. And he had thus created for people in the East a new space for thought and feeling, a new sense of the possible.

Many, the current occupant of the Oval Office included, are quick to deny America's role in the end of the Cold War. They see it as a great mistake, dragged out by mirror images in the West and East but it wasn't. It was a great struggle for freedom and right.

Too many of these same people saw the Cold War as a permanent feature of the world, one we needed to accommodate ourselves to. Well, if you were so small you could barely see beyond the end of your own nose or the next issue of Foreign Affairs, it certainly seemed that way.

But if you were a giant, like Reagan, Thostaer, Walesa, John Paul II, you could see further. You knew this mountain had a top and if you stayed the course and navigated by principal, you could get past it.

Reagan is often regarded as a foolish old man, out of touch with reality, too quick to see the world in terms of good and evil. Yet by word and deed he showed what smart diplomacy really is.

digg this
posted by DrewM. at 11:57 AM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
RickZ: "JQ, you can't make peanut soup with boiled peanuts ..."

Miklos finally stating for the rocord: "Whatever happened to the term "transvestite?" I ..."

RickZ: "[i]Dudes in dresses. Broads in suits. Furries, b ..."

JQ: "Good night, horde. Must continue my battle with ..."

JQ: "Boiled peanuts are okay, I guess. Never heard of t ..."

JQ: "Dudes in dresses. Broads in suits. Furries, bron ..."

RickZ: "I grew up in the Tidewater area of eastern Virgini ..."

JQ: "Well you know. 24/7/365 non-stop ---------- Oh ..."

mikeski: "[i]in my rules book you may call yourself a trans- ..."

Miklos actulally learnt that as a child , being True Son and all: "I did do some boiled peanuts. As Bobby Lee's bo ..."

Ciampino - CA's 1st pretend woman: "California's first transgender mayor Raul Ureñ ..."

Ciampino - AA EOE NAACP - love all the discrimination: "I watch a lot of police traffic stops and other po ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64