Yesterday, Nov. 9, marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. That event was as important to the 20th Century as was the victory over Germany and Japan — probably more so, since Nazism was not an ideology with hundreds of millions of followers in the West and throughout the Free World that Communism had.
Among them these followers were the editors of The Nation who opened their anniversary feature – a fawning interview with the last Soviet dictator, Mikhail Gorbachev, with these fatuous but also sinister remarks:
“Historic events quickly generate historical myths. In the United States it is said that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of a divided Europe was caused by a democratic revolution in Eastern Europe or by American power, or both.”
So, according to The Nation (actually Katrina vanden Heuvel and her husband who conducted the interview,) the Czechs’ velvet revolution, Poland’s Solidarity movement, Ronald Reagan and Maggie Thatcher, America’s military buildup, Nato, the anti-communist cold warriors and the forty year containment of an expansionist totalitarian power had nothing to do with the frustration and collapse of Soviet power, the end of the Cold War and the liberation of more than a billion people from the worst tyranny in history. Instead, according to The Nation, the story has a Communist hero. Contrary to the myths concocted by the democracies of the West, it was really the dictator Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who described his own agenda as “saving Communism” (not to mention a man collusive in its monstrous crimes) whom we are to regard as the hero of the age.
And in case that didn’t register, The Nation’s editors dot the i’s and cross the t’s:
“With the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaching, we believed that the leader most responsible for that historic event should be heard, on his own terms, in the United States.”
So, the Soviet dictator, unprompted, just decided to let the prisoners of the Soviet empire go free.
And now for that bridge that’s for sale.
But of course this is not really a laughing matter. The Nation’s deep hatred for America, for its institutions and above all its freedoms, is on display here and underscores why the Nation is also in the forefront of the movement to disarm America in the face of its Islamist enemies, undermine its security and deliver us to the mercies of the soldiers of Allah.