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1989 - Victory and Freedom at last


The Cold War

This is now recognised as World War 3. And the West were the good guys again - the defenders of freedom against tyranny again. And the West won again. And tyranny was defeated again.

The Berlin Wall, 1982.
From here.
The wall fell. The communists failed. The good guys won.

Cold War fiction


Traitors, betraying freedom to tyranny

Some Cold War traitors are still in prison today, having wasted their lives to help a Soviet tyranny that is long gone.

Jimmy Carter - The high water mark of Soviet expansion and western retreat

Hilarious: John McCain, Sept 2009, calls Carter the worst US president of the 20th century.

Jimmy Carter! He's history's greatest monster!
The hilarious moment in the Simpsons' "Marge in Chains" where the town reveals a statue of Jimmy Carter.
As Nathan Rabin describes it: "In what may be the single greatest sentence ever spoken by anyone, ever, an enraged looker-on yells accusingly, “He’s history’s greatest monster” before a full-on riot breaks out".

Jimmy Carter never met a dictator he thought he couldn't talk to.
And he was always surprised when brutal dictatorships like Cuba and North Korea lied to us.
Cox and Forkum cartoon. From here.

Cox and Forkum cartoon on Jimmy Carter's naivety about the Cuban dictatorship.
From here.

Ted Kennedy

Ronald Reagan - The man who won the Cold War


"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 at the Berlin Wall, 1987.
He was ridiculed for this speech, too. Two years later, the wall was down.

"The Evil Empire"

The 1980s

Reagan's heir - George W. Bush

Reagan had descended into Alzheimer's by the time of 9/11, so we never got to hear what he thought of George W. Bush, and the War against Islamic Fascism. But I think he would have seen that at last - after George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton - he now had a true heir.

They called Reagan an idiot too, in the 1980s, just like W.
And yet Reagan brought down the Soviet Union.
Who looks stupid now, Spitting Image?
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1989 - Victory and Freedom at last

1989, when the Russian Empire fell in Europe, was the greatest year for human liberty and human rights since the fall of the German and Japanese Empires in 1945.

The fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989.
Photo from here.
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1989 - The greatest year in my lifetime.
The fall of the vile Russian Empire in Europe.
Thank you, Ronald Reagan! Thank you!

The song Wind of Change (1990) by Scorpions.
Lyrics: "Take me to the magic of the moment on a glory night ..."
I suspect Scorpions' politics are poorly thought-out, and they are unlikely to give credit to Reagan and the U.S. for these events, and the video has some dodgy parts, but never mind. It was such a happy year. A year when the Putins of this world got put in their place.

"Wunder geschehen" ("Miracles happen") by Nena (1989).
From Nena official channel. Search for more.
Not written about the Berlin Wall, but then the Berlin Wall fell and the song has always been associated with that happy, happy year.

"How many divisions has the Pope?"
- Stalin's mocking dismissal of Papal influence in Europe. You know what I think of the intellectual content of the Papacy, but it still gives me great pleasure to note that Stalin and his fascist works are gone, and the Pope is still here. Even more amusing, the key figures that brought about this victory were Reagan, Thatcher and Pope John Paul II. So Stalin could not have been more wrong. The Pope destroyed Stalin's entire world, and ended the communist experiment, without a shot being fired. Pope John Paul II has been hopeless on the Islamic threat, but give him credit for this: He stood up to the Evil Empire.

"millions of men and women .. live in freedom today because of the policies he pursued.
Ronald Reagan had a higher claim than any other leader to have won the cold war for liberty"

- Thatcher on the death of Reagan.

"if guys like Obama and Cameron had been in power in the 1980s I would still be playing chess for the Soviet Union"
- Garry Kasparov in 2014 pays tribute to Reagan and Thatcher.

"Went to East Berlin. What a shithole. ... What a load of fucking bollocks communism is. ...
Got the hell out of there. Back home in the West. My God we are so free. I pity the poor bastards who have to live in that hole."

- My diary from a visit on my own to communist East Berlin, 28 Sept 1986, when I was 18.
I was no neo-con back then. Far from it. I was typical liberal-left. But it only took a few hours for me to see what living in East Berlin was like. I have always felt privileged and grateful that I live in the West, and I never felt it more than on that day.

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