(CAP) The Free Market Did Not Bring Down the Berlin Wall



“But the triumphalism wasn’t immediate. When President Bush first heard news of developments in Berlin, he was cautious. He welcomed the growing freedom of East Germans, but he was determined to avoid rhetoric that might precipitate a Soviet crackdown. “Some have wanted me to jump on top of the Berlin Wall,” hetold journalists at the time. “Well, I never heard such a stupid idea.” The president remembered events in Budapest in 1956 and Prague in 1968, and could not ignore the recent violent crackdown by the Chinese communist regime at Tiananmen Square.”



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