Ten Fifteen Years After

Today is the fifteenth anniversary of a very, very good day: the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Here’s a column I wrote on the ten year anniversary; happily, I see no need to update it today. A sample:

What was it like back then, just those few years ago? It was an astonishing time to be alive. After the horror of Tiananmen Square, just another bloody repeat of Budapest in 1956 or Prague in 1968, the West resigned itself to more and more years of darkness hovering over half of the world. When the Chinese tanks rolled over Chinese children, we doubted whether any of us would ever see a world without Communist dictatorships in every time zone.

And then the Poles said, “There is no liberty without Solidarity!” And the Hungarians cried out, “No more will we be slaves!” And the Germans roared, “Wir sind ein Volk!”–“We are one nation!” And the Czechs and Slovaks sang, “Now’s the time!” And the rest of us watched in wonder as a new world was born.

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71 Responses to “Ten Fifteen Years After”

  1. Sandy P Says:

    And now they’re voting themselves the Old World.

  2. Larry J Says:

    I believe historians will look back at 1989 as one of those pivotal years in human history. That year, the Warsaw Pact countries broke from the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall came down, and the dictator of Romania was overthrown (and killed). Within 2 years, the Soviet Union would collapse under the weight of a failed system.

    Much of the turmoil that we’ve seen in recent years can trace its roots back to events in 1989, especially in the Balkans.

    I’ve read that Chairman Mao was once asked his opinion of the French Revolution. His reply was, “Too soon to tell.”

    History takes time to get the proper perspective. It may well be many more years before we can put the events of 1989 into the proper perspective, but I think it’ll be interesting.

  3. Lisa Says:

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    lucky Melissa.

    LisaMom

  4. Robert Says:

    French Revolution: Failure. Replaced a spendthrift king with a warmongering emperor.
    Russian Revolution: Failure.
    Replaced a brutal tsar with a more brutal party chairman.
    American Revolution: Ongoing success story. Replaced an hereditary ruler & upper house of legislative branch with a democratically elected president, & both houses of legislative branch. Imperfections constantly being worked out.

  5. David Gillies Says:

    I was in my first year at University in London when the wall came down, just a few weeks after my 20th birthday. One of my abiding regrets is that I didn’t have the necessary scratch to take a trip to Berlin to join in the celebration. Back then, I was a staunch anti-Communist, but I was only starting to get into the works of people like Popper and Hayek. But I’d say the fall of the Berlin Wall was a catalyst for getting more deeply acquainted with Libertarian thought. The almighty blow that it dealt to the assumed historical inevitability is still resounding today.

    When I finally made it to Berlin, in 1995, I made a special point of walking from Charlottenburg to the Brandenburg Gate, down Unter den Linden into old East Berlin, and then finally back to the Potsdamer Platz. It was quite thought-provoking to reflect how recently it would not have been possible to do this.

  6. steve vs Says:

    Wow. Thanks for the reminder.

    I spent 84-86 serving with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment smack in the middle of the Fulda Gap. I spent many months of that literally *on the border* with East Germany at OP Alpha.

    http://www.pointalpha.com/English/english.html

    This link just to explain why I had been, 15 years ago, closely following the events in Germany, and had been aware of the “loophole” through Chechzlovakia that was leaking badly. I was tense as hell, figuring on a repeat of Prague or Tiananmen. Then I just happened to turn on the TV and saw someone wailing away with a sledgehammer.

    I fell to the floor and wept like a baby. I have never been so thunderstruck in all my life. Not even 9/11 stunned me nearly as much.

    I can honestly say I know what it must have felt like to be alive on VE day. While it was a great day for the world, I will always remember it as a personal high point.

  7. kimsch Says:

    I was there in Germany that day in 1989. I was stationed in Ansbach, Germany, headquarters of the 1st Armored Division. It was about 8 pm when we heard. I immediately called my Mom at work (back in Chicago) and told her to call her friends Christa and Herbert and let them know. Christa and Herbert came to America in the late 50’s from Berlin. I remembered Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachov, take down this wall!” I have a piece of that wall. I’ll have to get it out today to celebrate.

  8. David Says:

    In 1989 I had been in Germany for four years serving with the U.S. Air Force. My job as an Air Force counterintelligence officer was to conduct liaison/joint operations with German and other NATO intelligence services, and as you would expect virtually all of our attention was on East Germany, the rest of Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union.

    The wall falling was not only a very emotional “personal” moment for me, but also a proud professional moment for the thousands of military and civilian intelligence professionals working to counter the Eastern European/Soviet threat.

    I watched as they tore down the wall with a sense of pride in both my country and my Commander in Chief for standing firm in the face of criticism at home and abroad.

    Since election day I have been feeling the same way . . .

    PS I managed to get a small piece of the wall and it now sits in a shadow box on my family room wall. Which brings to mind a T-shirt that says “I helped knock down the Berlin Wall and all I got was a lousy rock?”

    Of course, that is not true . . . what I really got was my freedom and the freedom of my children.

  9. jmaster Says:

    Cut the crap already, and spare us these delusional stories of international travel and insight.

    We all know that you knuckle-dragging, sister-marrying, bigoted, ignorant Bush voters have never traveled beyond the borders of the US of A

  10. David Says:

    A classy response from another classy liberal. Your parents must be so proud, jmaster.

    By the way, your disbelief in my experiences doesn’t make them any less true.

  11. SCO Says:

    jmaster – Your short comment speaks volumes to your own character. I think the term delusional would fit you especially well in this instance. Do the civilized world a favor and go back in your box until 2008 when we “ignorant Bush voters” will spank you and your conservative hating Hillary loving liberals again. Okay. Buh-bye now.

  12. Fornow Says:

    I think that jmaster was doing a sarcastic parody of the lib response.

  13. Sandy P. Says:

    I was at The Wall during the summer of 1982 – 11K miles in a bus.

    I traveled in East Germany and was fast enough to take a pic of an anti-American mural on a wall.

    A couple of my best friends voted Kerry along w/their family. We ever get into it, I’m carrying those pics in my purse.

    They don’t get it. I’m also 6 years older and have a different perspective on things.

    I spent 7/4/82 in Prague. I remember our local tour guide talking about their “liberation” and asking didn’t we just have the anniversary of ours? And I remember what went thru my mind. What also stays w/me is how Hungary adapted and Czechloslovakia didn’t.

    If I had graduated a year later, the USSR would have been on the agenda. I went there in 1998.

  14. Sandy P Says:

    Oh, Vodka, will you please turn NM red????????

    I saw some very cute olive-themed items for your home this weekend.

  15. Sandy P Says:

    I also remember Reverend Poverty Pimp’s visit there and what he said.

    Misunderstanding, if we just talked……

  16. Donovan Says:

    I agree it was a parody and found the comment quite funny.

  17. jmaster Says:

    Before anyone pops an aneurism, I will clarify that I was being completely sarcastic in my previous post. My apologies for any unnecessary rises in blood pressure I might have caused.

    Looking on the bright side, at least it livened things up a little around here.

  18. David Says:

    I have been sitting here thinking about jmaster’s intellectual response to my original post and I think I just figured out why he had a problem with it.

    Aside from the fact that liberals cannot face, much less accept, that the people who disagree with them have any intelligence or world perspective at all, liberals also simply do not believe that anyone actually DOES the things they read about in the paper or watch on TV.

    Their entire view of the world comes from movies and TV shows where problems are solved in a hour and compassion and understanding are all it takes to win over the hearts and minds of people.

    The fact that real live Americans . . . especially the Red State ones . . . were actually involved in actions that caused the Berlin Wall to fall and, shortly thereafter, the Soviet Union, is simply “inconceivable” to them (And I am pretty sure that word means what I think it means in this case).

    My reply to jmaster and the other unbelievers is that they should stop thanking Alec Baldwin for capturing the Red October . . . it was just a movie, man.

  19. David Says:

    Ohhh, now I feel so horrible for talking bad about you . . . let’s just transfer my comments to any ole generic liberal, ok?

  20. jay Says:

    The same left-wing lunatics who tried to appease the Soviet Union, so that the Wall would still stand and millions would be in slavery, today seek accomodation with Islamists who want to kill all who do not agree with them.

    I, for one, want to help these left-wing morons out of their misery. As a result, I want to endow a cyanide Kool-Aid fund so the Democrats and other national freaks can drink away their fear and loathing. Anyone with information about charitable trust please respond.

    In the meantime, I hoist my Maker’s Mark northward and salute W for making the Democratic scum his collective bitches. Now that he has butt tapped them, let us put them out of their misery with a Blue State Jonestown. If Darwinian theory holds, the minority of citizens in those states will survive and be around to bury their dead and discredited brethern.

  21. Thief Says:

    Off topic…but NM went red a loooong time ago. Time to update the map, methinks.

    Final score 286-252.

    But…considering we are watching the last days of the Iraqi insurgency, and Iraqi soldiers standing up to throw these brutes out just like the peoples of Eastern Europe did with the Soviets, maybe not so off topic. (Hey, and at least the Soviets knew when they weren’t wanted anymore…)

  22. Sandy P. Says:

    I went back and read it, too, and laughed. Maybe we need sarcasm tags.

  23. SCO Says:

    Thanks jmaster. Sorry you were the recipient of my vitriol – you walked into it. Anyway, I’m glad I was able to get my liberal bash out today. Been pent up a day or two and I feel better now. I’m always looking for a short-sited Deaniac or Breck girl groupie to jump on. Thanks for livening things up today.

  24. SCO Says:

    Jay – I appreciate the “Maker’s Mark collective bitch butt tapper” reference. Now if we can just get Hannity to say that to Colmes, this would be a great year!

  25. Karl K. Says:

    I was stationed in Berlin as a “Grunt” with the 4/6th Infantry from 80 to 83. One of the two most vivid memories (the first was being about five or six feet away from Regan as he greeted a rather large crowd of soldiers and their families at Templehof during the visit where he asked Gorbechev (sp?)to “Tear down this wall”) was the first time I saw the wall while on patrol. The fences, the dead/kill zone, and the bricked up buildings that faced west, and the overall atmosphere of East Berlin, were a definite eye-opener for an east Texas country boy. I have plenty of memories of that place – some good, some not so good. I’m just glad I never had to “literally” defend the people of West Berlin. It would have been brutal for all concerned parties.

  26. jmaster Says:

    My biggest fear with my sarcastic post was that I might detract a bit from the original topic. I do truly believe this is an anniversary worth remembering, and celebrating.

    But the stories in the comments hit home with me. Over the last few days, I have been reading many of the Democrat

  27. Sandy P Says:

    The atmosphere sticks w/me, too, Karl.

    Eerily (sp) quiet.

    And I can still see the Czechs’ faces on the tram looking at us standing on the corner. They knew we were Americans.

  28. Jules Says:

    I have a piece of the Berlin wall and keep it on a shelf as a rememberance of beautiful freedom. I’ll *never* forget standing in the ditch that was the wall, looking from side to side and seeing the stark contrast between freedom and communism. I’ll never forget it.

  29. Rich Says:

    Hey, if someone wants to give me a free trip to Europe, I don’t care what their motivations are! I’ll pass on the passport drive though, already have one that’s been well-used.

  30. David Says:

    Something I noticed here is that most of the personal memories of this great event are from military members who were stationed in Germany at the time.

    That is to be expected of course since the military has always been the easiest way to “see the world”, but I wonder just how many liberals had the chance to see this event up close and personal like we have?

    I mean, chances are not too many liberals were volunteering for the military during the Reagan years and perhaps their not doing so is one of the reasons we have such different perspectives on the importance of standing up to the Soviets back then and the need to do the same thing right now with terrorists.

    In fact, with the exception of the Vietnam War period where the draft caught up everyone no matter what their political persuasion, I would guess that there are many more conservatives who have traveled the world than liberals, simply because more of them have served in the military.

    If that is true and I am betting it is . . . aren’t we the ones with the better understanding of the world?

  31. Sandy P Says:

    I never served, I just did the after college tour.

    But my dad served as a trip-wire in Germany ’56-58.

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  33. denise Says:

    “Something I noticed here is that most of the personal memories of this great event are from military members who were stationed in Germany at the time.”

    David — I noticed that too. Rather ironic that the critique by liberals is that the Red Staters haven’t seen enough of the world, when in fact, Red Staters tend to volunteer for military service, and many see parts of the world that liberals only read about in National Geographic. I guess if you’ve been to Paris, Amsterdam and Milan, you’re an automatic expert on Kabul, Kirkuk and P’yongyang.

  34. PacRim Jim Says:

    Thank you Ronald Reagan, American soldiers, and American taxpayers for keeping West Germany free and freeing East Germany. There would be no Germany today without your steadfast support of the German people. I say that, even though I’m American, because I know the German people never will. No good deed goes unpunished, as they say. (Can we expect the same ingratitude from Afghanistan and Iraq in a few years?)

  35. (the Other) John Hawkins Says:

    My employer has a chunk of the wall on display in our main briefing building. I’m going to swing by today to have a gander and think about what it takes to turn a slab of a prison into a museum piece.

  36. David Says:

    Sandy P,

    I certainly didn’t mean to imply that only those that served could appreciate the world view (to do that would be very liberal-like indeed). I only wanted to point out the possibility that the Red States have just as many, and indeed probably a hell of a lot more, folks that have personally experienced the world than the Blue States.

  37. jay Says:

    On a serious note, I lived and worked abroad when the wall fell. With the exception of a few leftists in Manila upset over the base negotiations, I never encountered anyone who wasn’t overjoyed.

    And Jmaster: as parody, you were pitch perfect. I actually have read what you wrote, although not quite as eloquently, around the left side of the Blogosphere. The fact that so many of us who have lived, worked, and served abroad support this president seems a complete mystery to these cretins.

    I’m pouring another Maker’s, turning my ear towards that giant butt pounding sound to the North, somewhere near Pennsylvania Avenue….

  38. Sandy P Says:

    I know, David, I just gotta be different!

  39. David Says:

    I think one of our big time bloggers (Steve or Will, are you listening?) should write up some comments on this “Red States have more overseas experience than Blue States” theory we are discussing . . . would be a blast to see it spread out and start annoying the hell out of our liberal friends. Or has it already been done?

  40. 6Gun Says:

    Myths. Myths and images and stereotypes. The Left is so teevee-centric, so anti-reason that all they can do is–to jmaster’s brilliant parody–establish strawmen.

    Myself, I’ve been to some 47 states and 8 countries outside the US, spending a cumulative 6 months outside our borders.

    Now that’s not impressive, I understand; but for wet-behind-the-ears insulated leftwing welps to look down their noses at us sister-marryin’ types really cracks me up.

    It’s precisely their ignorance of foreign affairs that has them worshiping at the twin thrones of blind situational ethics and relative cultural ideals. If it looks good, do it! Is that an apt foreign policy for our time?

    Remember: Leftism ain’t a valid political position. It’s a character disorder.

  41. baldilocks Says:

    Wow! Fifteen Years

    Vodkapundit reminds us that today is the fifteenth anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

  42. AH Says:

    Oh for the good old Berlin-daze or “Dollar-dorf” as the troops used to call the part of Berlin where most lived. I passed thru Berlin often growing up, as my mom was a Berliner. Right after the Wall fell, I moved there from DFW and wound up staying 11+ years.

    Yes, I’d agree that it was mostly conservatives that could appreciate the oppressive evil that the Wall represented.

    As for the LLL getting out and travelling, they only do so when it’s safe. Only after the Wall fell, did a bunch flock into Berlin, Prague, Krakow and points thruout Eastern Europe in pursuit of the Bohemian lifestyle. Ironic that it takes US Soldiers to keep us safe at home, as well as abroad.

    Two phrases that will never fail to give me goosebumps. “Ich bin ein Berliner” & “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”

    I’m proud of the efforts and events that it took to bring the Wall dowm.

    Don’t forget, France objected strenously against breaching the Wall and again against reunification. Yet in less than a decade, Kohl was tossed out and sKerry’s German brother, Scarehard Schroeder proceeded to suck up to Chirac and friends and stabbing us in the back. Oh well…

  43. DanOK "Ich bin ein Berliner" Says:

    I was an Air Force brat high school student living in West Germany from 85 to 89. I only hope I can express to my daughters what it was like travelling to Berlin every year I was there, seeing the wall, going through Checkpoint Charlie into East Berlin. I distinctly remember, every year, wondering if it would ever disappear. (I won’t be telling them about the parts where I painted and relieved myself upon it as well).

    I went back and stayed in Berlin in 1996 for 7 weeks, visiting often both the Technical University in the West and Humboldt University in the East. While the wall was down, Alexander Platz was under re-construction, and the US military was gone, I still got the strange feeling that there were still two Berlins. It was subtle, but it was still there. I need to go back again to see how much has changed since the capital relocated. Maybe 2006 for the World Cup?

    I love Berlin. Still have the button that says so, pinned to a Ziploc with a piece of the wall.

  44. Stephen Kohls Says:

    I was in college when the wall came down. (‘fell’ isn’t appropriate. It was *torn* down)

    I worked in Germany near the old border periodically from ’97 through ’02, and I remember several conversations with locals who were upset about a tax to help rebuild East Germany. I made a comment about how they’re one country now, and that tax dollars from Ohio help repair hurricane damage in Florida. Tax dollars from New York help with wildfires in California. ‘One Country’ means you stand together when someone’s in need.

    I didn’t go into detail about how young boys from those states kept West Germany free for so long, and enabled people like myself to enjoy the freedom provided with their sweat and blood. Sometimes I think back and wonder if I missed an opportunity.

    For myself, and my 3 children who are far too young to ever remember or fear The Evil Empire that you defeated, let me not miss this opportunity say to all those who stood up to fight for our freedom:

    Thank you.

    -S

  45. Eskimo Says:

    And the sad thing is now one out of five Germans are sorry reunification took place, mainly because of the economic problems that came with it. I guess Ein Volk ein Vaterland had it’s moments. Too bad.

    http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/europe/11/09/germany.wall.burns/index.html

  46. S1IG Says:

    Thanks from Germany!

    @PacRim Jim: I wont forget!

  47. Pejmanesque Says:

    HAPPY MEMORIES

    Courtesy of Will Collier. I’m hard pressed to think of a more amazing night than the night when the Berlin Wall finally fell….

  48. Ric Locke Says:

    Karl K, here’s another East Texas country boy with a few memories —

    I never saw the Berlin part of the Wall from the West side. From 1983 until 1992 I made regular trips to Germany, and from ’83 to ’89 it was East Germany I visited. It was fun. At that point, West Germans had spent forty years trying to keep their daughters out of bed with American servicemen; Americans weren’t remarkable. In East Germany I was a sensation. Most gratifying.

    During that period it was possible to make a nice living off the USSR and satellites’ appetite for hard currency, and we did. So while I’m glad that the wall came down, for me personally it wasn’t all that good a thing.

    As for the experience thing — the first foreigner I ever met was a Pakistani, a veterinarian here for OJT with one of Dad’s friends, sponsored by (IIRC) Texaco. That would have been in the late Fifties. I would strongly suspect that the hands-on experience of bible-toting Southern rednecks in the Middle East dwarfs that of the academics and the State Department, Juan Cole not excepted.

    Regards,
    Ric Locke

  49. Sandy P Says:

    Just got back from Michael’s. Kid had a Kerry sticker still on his apron. I asked him if it was time to remove it, yeah, I’m still getting over it.

    I told him what’s happening, forgot to mention the 15th anniversary of The Wall coming down.

    Should have showed him the pics, too.

  50. Sandy P Says:

    Dan, you’re a donut?

  51. sven Says:

    It was one of the happiest memories I have. It is pretty humbling to see the footage of the berliners struggling to get to each other through that damned wall. Warsaw Pact society was so impressive that they had to build walls to keep the westerners out……(dripping sarcasm)

  52. Mike M Says:

    This red stater has been to 4 foreign countries…Canada, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea (yes, you can technically cross the border at Panmunjom).

    Compare this to the “cosmopolitan” blue stater who gets skittish leaving Manhattan and whose idea of a worldly experience is taking the NY-DC shuttle…

    Oh and my favorite factoid…Sarah Jessica Parker, queen of the oh-so-hip Sex and the City? She’s from the capital of BFE: Nelsonville, Ohio. Not that she is or should be ashamed of it, but it sure rankles the hell out of the Mo Dowds and Tina Browns of the world to know their icons come from deepinahearta red terrirory.

  53. Joan Says:

    Too tired & lazy to read all comments.

    Just wanted to say, glad to see you’re back, and thanks for a great post.

  54. JSAllison Says:

    My last tour in W Germany was 84-86 as well, [snark]though I was part of a ‘working’ Cav Regt, the 2nd ACR[/snark]. Part of my duties along the IGB was to conduct the VIP briefing overlooking the little ballpeenhammersdorf of Modlareuth in what was then E Germany (north of Hof). I was an instructor at Ft St Knox when the wall came down and have wanted to go back to my briefing site, walk down the hill into Modlareuth and have a cup of coffee in a spot I used to not be able to visit. Circumstances so far have prevented this, but I’m still hopeful.

  55. John W. Says:

    A friend and I were in Berlin in 1993. We were riding the bus around East Berlin and went through the Brandenburg Gate. Realizing the impossibility of such an event just 4 years earlier, I turned to my friend and said incrediously, “We just rode the friggin’ bus through the friggin’ Bradenburg Gate! Thank you, Ronald Reagan!” Despite us obviously being two insolent Americans (from Alabama nonetheless!) on a bus full of Germans, a few of our fellow riders couldn’t help but smile along with my friend and I.

  56. Downtown Lad Says:

    I got back from a trip to China this summer.

    I am happy to report that we’ve pretty much won on that front as well. China is a communist country in name only.

    Downtown Lad
    My Blog

  57. e.r. Says:

    In an economic sense of course. In a political sense we’re still waiting the fall of Beijing wall.

  58. Sandy P Says:

    Geez, Stephen, even Blather’s called New Mexico by now.

    Push the buttons Max!

  59. Celeste Says:

    My father was stationed in Bad Kreuznach W. Germany, and I was just starting high school when the wall came down. My history teacher abandoned his lesson plan to give us a special one week course on the history of the Berlin Wall, so we could understand just how incredible what we were seeing was. It’s one of those events that gets seared into your memory.

    And this red-stater has been to England, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, spent 8 years living in Germany, and has been to almost every one of the 48 continental states. For backwards ignorant religious hicks, we sure do travel.

  60. pat Says:

    Please send donations to my new charity – Berlin Air Lift II. We are raising money to gather up all available pieces of the wall. Then we will break them into uniform chunks. Finally we will drop them on Berkeley, CA.

    Help us in this noble effort.

  61. Lola Says:

    I remember very well watching the events on tv, and I was very happy for the people and wishing I was there to celebrate. It was an amazing moment of history.

  62. Core/Dump: opinion, babes and bondage... Says:

    fromt he “ignoring the obvious” department…

    More complicated than you think… Here we are a bit over a full week after the election and I…

  63. neopet Says:

    Posted by: Robert at November 9, 2004 12:06 PM :
    ” American Revolution: Ongoing success story. Replaced an hereditary ruler & upper house of legislative branch with a democratically elected president, & both houses of legislative branch. Imperfections constantly being worked out.”

    Yes, but it took a Civil War too.

  64. DanOK Says:

    John W:

    “We just rode the friggin’ bus through the friggin’ Bradenburg Gate! Thank you, Ronald Reagan!”

    YES! I had almost forgotten how cool that was when I did it in 1996. Could not actually believe I was there.

  65. Pajama Pundits Says:

    aha… I’m not the only one!

    Others visit the VodkaPundit not only for the news, but also to gaze upon the photo… See the 3rd comment following this post:

  66. Andy Cowell Says:

    I’m coming in a tad late on this, but Larry J’s quote isn’t quite correct. It was, I believe, Zhou En-Lai, not Mao, who, when asked about the impact of the French Revolution, responded, “It’s too soon to tell.”

  67. Sister Toldjah Says:

    15th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

    Celebrated this week. What a magical time and turning point in the history of the world. Thank you, President Ronald Reagan. Will Collier at Vodkapundit takes a trip down memory lane.

  68. Sharpshooter Says:

    I follow the Moskva down to Gorky park
    Listening to the wind of change
    An august summer night
    Soldiers passing by
    Listening to the wind of change

    The world is closing in did you ever think
    That we could be so close, like brothers
    The future’s in the air, I can feel it everywhere
    Blowing with the wind of change

    * Take me to the magic of the moment
    On a glory night
    Where the children of tomorrow dream away
    In the world of change

    Walking down the street
    Distant memories
    Are buried in the past forever
    I follow the Moskva down to Gorky park
    Listening to the wind of change

    ** Take me to the magic of the moment
    On a glory night
    Where the children of tomorrow share their dream with you and me
    (Repeat *)

    The wind of change blows straight
    Into the face of time
    Like a stormwind that will ring
    The freedom bell for peace of mind
    Let your balalaika sing
    What my guitar wants to say.
    — The Scorpion “Winds of Change”

  69. Jackie Says:

    Ten Years After. Alvin Lee. Absolute.

  70. -keith in mtn. view Says:

    I was there in ’76, Missionary Brat coming home. (Different “Army,” so to speak) and crossed over at Checkpoint Charlie to see TheMostBeautifulWomanThatEverWas
    I was surprised to see, “Die Mauer Muss Weg” written in red, on the FREE side, by the KPD/ML – Kommunist Partei Deutschalnd/Militant League – ? Even the commies were against the wall, but probably for other reasons…

  71. Duane Says:

    I was in Berlin last week on the 15th anniversary and aside from one tv special I saw nary a word about it and nobody in Germany seemed to take much notice.

    In fact my girlfriend told me that Schroder’s finance minister suggested they cancel Reunification Day altogether so that the government can collect on the $50 million or so dollars in taxes they lose out on.

    It’s a bit of the “those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it” it seems.

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