“Tear down this wall!”

Today is the 20th anniversary of President Reagan’s speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

“It was 20 years ago, on June 12, 1987, that Ronald Reagan issued a challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev:

“There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. 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!”

See also this NY Times article that interviews one of the speechwriters and tells the story about how the famous line was almost not included in the speech.


One Response

  1. Ronald Reagan was a great president, and a great man. And that’s why, over at Ration Reality we’re endorsing Zombie Reagan in 2008, as the only possible choice to save America.

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