Welcome to the re-write of history: Reagan had nothing to do with the fall of the Berlin Wall.
This is a common theme with the left. It had nothing to do with Reagan. I mean look at the craziness.
It wasn’t Reagan. It was David Bowie!
It wasn’t Reagan. It was a German reporter!
It wasn’t Reagan. Russia WANTED to collapse!
Maybe it was Bruce Springsteen!
Of course. How could it actually have been due to a man who applied huge economic and political pressure forcing the Russians to overspend themselves. How could it have been the leader of the only nation that Russia feared who caused this? I mean, the guy was an actor, right?
Liberals froth from the mouth just thinking about it. Any excuse will do.
The 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall has become a rather big deal over the last few days, with lots of people chiming in in the media. They all seem to be forgetting one thing: it would not have happened, at least certainly not that early, if it wasn’t for Reagan’s brilliant plan to bankrupt the Soviet Union, what he called the Evil Empire. Ross Douthat gives the Fall of the Wall a try in today’s Fish Wrap, and fails to mention Reagan
For most of the last century, the West faced real enemies: totalitarian, aggressive, armed to the teeth. Between 1918 and 1989, it was possible to believe that liberal democracy was a parenthesis in history, destined to be undone by revolution, ground under by jackboots, or burned like chaff in the fire of the atom bomb. Twenty years ago today, this threat disappeared. An East German functionary named Günther Schabowski threw open his country’s border crossings, and by nightfall the youth of Germany were dancing atop the Berlin Wall, taking hammers to its graffiti-scarred facade. It was Nov. 9, 1989. The cold war was finished.