1. Paul Martin says

    As I look at these pictures, I can’t help but hear Ronald Reagan’s voice saying, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”. And that is from someone who is not prone to quoting Ronald Reagan.
    I know, wrong country, wrong wall, totally different reality. Still, one wonders what changes would make it possible to remove this wall as well.

  2. Funny you mention that Paul. There was an English vicar that was marching with us that day. She turned to me while we were walking and asked how we could be unaware of the irony. We who had spoken so strongly for the removal of the Berlin Wall are now spending millions and millions of dollars building something similar…

  3. Mickey Marrone says

    I can’t help but blush at the amazing intellectual leap taken by anyone making a comparison between the Berlin wall and a border fence on the southern United States. Honestly, honestly now…do you believe this to be true…really true. My guess is that the sloppy analogy is used as a matter of emotional convenience and nothing else. I am afraid the it will have little impact on anyone who is not already of a like mind on this immigration issue.

  4. It’s a fair point you make Mickey – the Berlin wall was built to keep people in, this wall is built to keep people out.
    But it is still ironic.
    And I will add that I was surprised by the strong negative opinions of the American people I met who live alongside the wall. They talked eloquently about how it was dividing communities in unintended ways.

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