Thanksgiving Is Ruined

The Personal is Political. The Political is Personal.

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?
November 09, 2009
 
"Es ist eine Falle!!"

Exactly twenty years on, the fresh reminders of context & background that Andrew Curry presents in his new "Before the Fall" piece are terrific.

TiR especially liked:

For the dissidents who had been filled with hope at the sight of East Germans rallying to their cause, the fall of the wall was initially seen as a huge setback. "We were disappointed," [Uwe] Schwabe admits. "We thought everyone who would help us change the country would leave, and there would be no reason to come out on the street."

A friend of [Rainer] Eppelmann’s made it a few hundred yards across the border that night before panicking and running back to East Berlin, afraid the entire scene had been a Stasi trick to get rid of troublemakers so the door could be closed firmly behind ­them.


Curry's piece (in The Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 2009) is here.

Not that Thatcher & Mitterrand would have been displeased at such a trick, as we've since learned.

However, a loony or perverse practitioner of the skeptical arts might ask: How much time (/evidence) must needs pass (/be amassed) before Eppelmann's friend is necessarily proved wrong?


-------------------------------------------------------------

Meanwhile, every once in a while, the Ž-man pulls his tongue out of his čheek and lapses into straightforward language. He hardly could have picked a better day to do so.