As we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the momentous events of the last century, the left continues its transparent and embarrassing attempt to rewrite their complicity with communist totalitarianism out of history, and attempting to erase Ronald Reagan’s role in its defeat. The latest attempt, by the New York Times, not only seeks to erase Reagan’s credit but also to lay the blame for the most recent Iraq misadventure at his feet. The new party line on the fall of the Berlin Wall seems to be that the wall fell as the result of a sort of comedy of errors on the part of the East German government – which, everyone has long understood that the government fumbled its way into a mess it could not get out of. However, this reductionist view completely ignores the fact that a similar chain of events would not have caused the wall to come down at any point in the 20 years prior, as the East Germans would have been able to contain the problem with ease. As Ken White noted on twitter, “Saying that the Berlin Wall fell due to a clerical error is like saying the kingdom fell for want of a nail. The kingdom fell because it was ROTTEN.” Definitely, some of the reasons for the rot were internal, but ignoring the role Reagan played in advancing the rot is a delusional fool’s game.
It’s important to note that a similar cottage industry does not exist on the mainstream right with respect to the history of fascism. No one in good standing in the conservative movement is out there saying that Hitler wasn’t so bad, or that the Nazi empire would have collapsed on its own without the help of FDR or Churchill, or that FDR and Churchill weren’t responsible for the defeat of Nazi Germany at all. The reason for that is that the American left’s history with respect to the battle against communism is so completely embarrassing that it ought to disqualify them from foreign policy discussions permanently.
You would never know it from the return of communist chic, but the 20th century’s experiment with global communism was an embarrassing blight on the entire notion of human progress. Wherever it went, it enslaved people more totally and completely than the most oppressive and brutal Middle Ages despotism. Freedom of …read more