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The Berlin Wall 20 Years After: Let's Compare Other Walls

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Why not a comparison with other walls? i.e.


BY KEVIN STODA, in exile in Germany

Just as the majority of Americans would like to see investigations of the torture crimes carried out in their names under the Bush-Cheney Administration,

the 20th year anniversary of the end of the Berlin Wall now approaches….


You ask, “Is there a connection between the German/German Wall in 1989 and America in 2009?”

Well, yes. In fact, there is?

Even though the Obama administration fails to comprehend the connection, most Americans--and westerners of the Cold War era--recall that the West had once promoted human rights. The Helsinki accords on human rights had eventually led to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe as society after society determined that human rights, i.e. no torture, were important values to have.

Now, over 5000 people, i.e. immigrants, have died on the USA border since 1995, when major walls in San Diego and El Paso went up.

The Obama government appears to be hell-bent on further militarizing that border between the USA and all of Latin America to the South (as well as militarizing race relations in the USA).

Hillary Clinton, the USA Secretary of State, and America’s new president Obama have both announced in recent weeks efforts to double the militarization of the border in the name of fighting crime and drug trafficking on both sides of the border.

This sort of America that builds walls—leaving many dead in their wake--and tortures with impunity keeps me living outside of the USA.

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