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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Mr. Bush, Don’t Build This Wall

National Newswire
B. Thomas Cooper
Editor

They say history is destined to repeat itself and I tend to believe it’s true. However, I am less certain we really learn from our mistakes, as we‘d have ourselves believe. Take President George W. Bush for example. Wasn’t his father the Vice President of the United States when then President, and Republican Icon Ronald Reagan urged Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!”

Perhaps Bush the younger does not recall Mr. Reagan’s histrionics. There is a good chance little George was occupied with other matters at the time. Still, one would think he might have studied the subject at some point during his formative years.

You see, much like the follies that have led to the current situation in Iraq, Mr. Bush seems oblique in his understanding of what a seven hundred mile stretch of metal fence really boils down to. Our very own Iron Curtain.

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Eastern Europe or Southern Arizona
Can You Tell the Difference?


The Iron Curtain that stretched across much of Eastern Europe for over a half a century started off as a vague line dividing countries and ideals. Before long, barbed wire fences were erected as armed sentries guarded key locations. From there, the problems really began, and well… I believe you know the rest of the story. Certainly the bad parts.

Eventually the wall came down, but for reasons having nothing to do with Ronald Reagan. My fear is that eventually, another wall, this one separating the US from Mexico may indeed be erected, dividing peoples and families again, just as the Iron Curtain did. The result will ultimately shame a generation of Americans, just as the wall shamed Eastern Europe. No good will come of it. Of that you can be certain.


National Newswire
B. Thomas Cooper
Editor

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