Mr. Bush, tear down this wall!
The Berlin Wall (155 km long) was probably the most visible sign of the cold war, and a symbol of the inability of the communist state to keep its citizens from leaving when they could. It was an icon of totalitarianism.
What would you call then now the American attempt to build a 1000 km wall along the US-Mexican border?
They say they want to keep immigrants (and terrorists) from entering illegally to the US, therefore keeping the peace in that country. Congressman Duncan Hunter complained that “illegal aliens continue to funnel directly into many of our local communities and adversely impact our way of life by overwhelming our schools, inundating our healthcare system and, most concerning, threatening our safety”. Let me ask you if those words don’t sound similar to you to those arguments used by the Eastern German Propaganda Machinery to justify the erection of the Berlin Wall: “It all worked without a hitch! The measures to ensure peace caught our enemies entirely by surprise. The measures were solidly prepared. They were carried out with studied calm and exemplary order… A power has developed in Germany that can stand against barbaric militarism… Walter Ulbricht established peace in 1961 when he closed the doors to the provocations of warmongers and front city hyenas by bringing order to Potsdamer Platz”
Once bitten, twice shy?
No, we have a better one in Spanish: “el hombre es el único animal que tropieza dos veces con la misma piedra”, man is the only animal that trips twice over the same stone…
When will we learn from our past?