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November 13, 2009
Week in Review: 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

Garrick Utley, president of the Levin Institute of the State University of New York, and Rana Foroohar, senior editor of Newsweek’s international editions, join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and its lasting geopolitical implications.

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[…] Garrick Utley of the State University of New York and Rana Foroohar of Newsweek’s international editions join Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and its lasting geopolitical implications. Read more at http://worldfocus.org/blog/2009/11/13/week-in-review-20-years-after-the-fall-of-the-berlin-wall/8387… […]

#4

Gorbachev was indeed the catalyst, and literally the man who changed the world. But it had little to do with Reagan. After decades of repression by Stalin and disciples, Gorbachev had embarked as premier on 2 reform policies; “perestroika” (restructuring) and “glasnost” (opening of society
to outside influences)

Speech and press restrictions were lifted a little, and citizens of Iron Curtain nations began to get confirmations from Western sources of what they’d heard and felt for decades; the West had indeed prospered and enjoyed a lifestyle, well beyond what communism had delivered for them.

And that knowledge was the beginning of the end for the U.S.S.R. — saw a cool site; Balkingpoints ; incredible satellite view of earth

#3

I served with the US Air Force in Berlin when that fence barrier went up in 1961. American and British tanks were ready to crush that fence BUT that cowardly Kennedy was too timid to do so. Everyone in the intelligence community knew that the Russians were bluffing and that they would back-off the moment that they detected resistence.That wall should never have happened. It was a major American blunder and it was because American political cowardice that the peoples of East Berlin and indeed Eastern Europe suffered for 28 years! Truman would have had the guts to face down the Russians

#2

Ms. Rana Foroohar’s claim that Germany has become like America, thereby implying, no doubt, that Germany has finally achieved American maturity is in fact the reverse.Unfortunately there are certain negative American characteristics that have imposed themselves upon the German peoples such as a dysfunctional educational system and an destructive multiculturalism which has brought with it a level of crime and slums that were not in existence prior to the end of WWII when Germans had been awarded four time more Nobels in the sciences and medicine then the rest of the world combined. Since the end of WWII Germany has become an also ran in achieving Nobel recognition. For Germany to regain its past achievements it must severely dis-engage itself from American destructive influence that restrain German progress.

#1

The Berlin Wall is not an American story in the 21st Century! President Obama is the America’s First Pacific President, if you will. Atlanticism will and must be replaced with Pacificism, no pun intended! Asia is the World of the Future; Europe is the World of the Past. ONWARD !!!

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