Berlin Wall Fall: 20 Years Later
Twenty years ago today, I was leading a rocket artillery platoon in live fire exercises at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Eastern Bavaria. Some 400 kilometers to the north, the Berlin Wall was coming down. Back in my teaching days, I jokingly used this coincidence to illustrate the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy.
I don’t have much in the way of unique insights to offer beyond pointing to Stephen Green‘s observation that, “The Berlin Wall didn’t just fall down. It was torn down. It was torn down by the very people it was built to cage.”
Over at New Atlanticist, we’ve been running a series of essays from people who played a slightly larger role than I did in these events: President George H.W. Bush, Margaret Thatcher, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, Condoleeza Rice, and Douglas Hurd. Hillary Clinton, Jim Jones, Josef Ackermann, and Frederick Forsyth offer some interesting observations as well.