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!“