Too many walls

13Aug11

There are still too many walls on the world.

Erected to divide a city on 13 August 1961, the Berliner Mauer would have been 50 this year. Thankfully, the existing pieces only exists for tourists nowadays.

There are two famous quotes by American presidents on the wall. One, by J.F. Kennedy, who said 1963 in front of the Schöneberger Rathaus, “Ich bin ein Berliner”. The other, by Ronald Reagan in June 1987, can be watched here (go to minute 12 for the quote): “Tear down this wall”.

During his electoral campaign in 2008 Obama was not allowed to speak at the Brandenburg Gate but at the Victory column (here a transcript). He has since been invited by Chancellor Merkel to come back.

I am sure he’s keeping this second speech for his election campaign 2012.

Both speeches now sound belonging to another era. I hope, this will be true for many of the walls existing still today. Which other walls should be torn down?

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