REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST: “MISTER GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL”- PRESIDENT REAGAN AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE- JUNE 12, 1987

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Remembrance Of Things Past- ‘Mister Gorbachev, tear down this wall.”- President Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate- June 12, 1987. I got busy and missed the anniversary which was Friday- of Dutch Reagan’s famous speech at the Brandenburg Gate. Even as late as the summer of 1987 few saw the decline and fall of the Soviet Union coming. In two and a half years they would ‘tear down this wall.” and Eastern Europe would also be freed of Soviet domination. A couple years after that the Soviet Union itself would go belly-up.

At the time of the speech – the speech didn’t get as much attention as it would a couple years later. President Reagan from the time he took office was a believer that it could happen- few others believed until it actually came to be. Many in his administration opposed the president’s speech that day warning him that what he was about to say might make things worse with Gorbachev and the Soviets.

“We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev…Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

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6 responses to “REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST: “MISTER GORBACHEV, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL”- PRESIDENT REAGAN AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE- JUNE 12, 1987

    • I certainly agreed with President Reagan- but I didn’t see it happening in just a few years. Few saw the cracks in the USSR being that big that they would just walk away and let Eastern Europe go their own way.

    • I just posted my movies feature. It includes a movie, “My Joy,” that shows the Ukraine up close and personal after the breakup. It isn’t pretty 😦

  1. I played my youngsters that speech. I told them how it had eventually led to the dismantling of The Berlin Wall. I travelled through Berlin, Eastern Europe and Russia in the nineties, not to long after the wall had fallen. We were all so hopeful then that the world was headed in a more positive direction, after the years of Cold War. We had shared trains and the occasional tot of vodka with Russians. I had hoped for a better more peaceful world back then.

    • I guess the world never changes too much- but at least the countries in Eastern Europe were freed from their grasp.

    • I used to listen to the propoganda on Radio Moscow on my shortwave radio back in the eighties. I used to find it entertaining. Trouble is nowadays people seem to believe anything. No discernment.

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