A Moment in History

Twenty-five years ago today, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down, reuniting overjoyed throngs in democratic western Europe with their families and friends in the communist east after 30 years of division.

This symbolic end to the east-west blockade, which came just two years after then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan famously admonished Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” signaled the beginning of the end of European communism.

Less than a year later, on October 30, 1990, Germany was officially reunified.  By Christmas 1992, the Soviet Union itself ceased to exist.

To celebrate this momentous date, Google.com is displaying a video on the destruction of the Berlin Wall.

I am reminded, in November 2014, of the border wall that now divides Central America from North America, an eyesore which cost billions to construct and takes the lives of hundreds of immigrants each year. May the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall inspire us to reconsider our present militarization of the Texas-Mexico border.

This post (ed.) originally published on the twentieth anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall, 11/9/2009.