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November 09, 2004

Berlin Wall Anniversary

I had completely forgotten the date until reminded by Mark Holland in the comments down below. Today is the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, the most momentous event of my lifetime so far, and arguably the greatest step forward in human freedom ever....the beginning of the end, hundreds of millions freed from Soviet helotry.
I was going to do some personal stuff but bollocks to that. It's a great great day and deserves to be celebrated wildly and widely.
Remember how it started?


Remember what it looked like for all those years?


Remember what happened on the night of 9/10 November 1989?


Remember what happened in the days afterwards?




No, I don't give a tinker's cuss who was responsible for it coming down, not today. We can argue the peacenik/Splotchtop/Ronnie/Nato/Internal contradictions of the system thing another time.
It came down 15 years ago today and we should celebrate, lift a glass of something that cheers, wave two fingers at the remaining sorry apologists, and exult that we were alive to see that glorious day.
Or, as PJ O'Rourke put it in rather better style:

"We won, and let's not anybody forget it. We, the people, the free and equal citizens of democracies, we living exemplars of the rights of man tore a new asshole in international communism. Their wall is breached. Their gut-string is busted. The rot of their body-politic fills the nostrils of the Earth with a glorious stink. ... The privileges of liberty and the sanctity of of the individual went out and whipped butt."

Update. Welcome Instapundit readers to this blog by a cantankerous, disgruntled middle aged git Brit. All views expressed are fervently and devoutly held, their correctness of course unquestionable and their connection with a reality based world view is open to debate.

Update II. You might want to have a look here   for a great photo of that speech at the wall in which Ronnie said "Mr Gorbachov, tear down this wall."

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Great post!

Posted by: Lee P | Nov 9, 2004 6:29:02 PM

I'd forgotten, too. Thanks for the reminder. I remember being glued to the TV watching happen what many of us thought never would.

Posted by: Retread | Nov 9, 2004 7:27:55 PM

I was in Berlin about 4 years after the wall fell. You could still tell the difference between the two halves of the city with the west full of beautiful and fairly new buildings and construction, while the east looked like it had been falling apart for years.

Posted by: pete the elder | Nov 9, 2004 8:09:30 PM

Thanks for reminding me as well.

Just FYI, I did not come here from Instapundit. I scrolled down after cleaning my monitor.

Glass duly raised, and fingers duly waved; in deference to the host, the fingers were waved in Brit-speak, though I'll admit one American finger did get waved as well.

Posted by: Kathy K | Nov 10, 2004 12:58:46 AM

Photos of the wall:


Posted by: Freedom Agenda | Nov 10, 2004 3:58:30 AM

As you've noted on your own blog English and American differ as languages in certain respects. I do hope that the translated epithets were waved sequentially, not in parallel, for I believe that all three fingers means :"Dib, Dib, Dib".

Posted by: Tim Worstall | Nov 10, 2004 7:59:03 AM