…And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed as though nothing could fall…
—Heroes, David Bowie
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.
—Ronald Reagan, 12 June 1987
And The Berlin Wall fell on 09 November 1989.
It had stood for twenty-eight years, the construction of it having begun on 13 August 1961, an ugly scar the Soul of Europe that bisected the city of Berlin, Germany.
The Wall was also a festering wound on the body of Western Civilization that never stopped causing pain and reminding The West of it’s duty…and it’s failure to prevent the descending of the Iron Curtain over half of the continent.
It fell, not because the USSR allowed it…