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Tear Down the Curtain Essay

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Title Tearing Down the Curtain

In 1987 President Ronald Reagan gave an introspective speech in front of the Brandenburg gate in Berlin. That said speech is known to us as “Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate”. When Reagan gave this speech he was toward the end of his political career, he had served two terms as president of the United States, and was well-known for his role as a gifted mediator and peacemaker. It was also during the Cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union. To the west of Berlin was the free democratic countries of Western Europe. To the east was what was known as the iron curtain an area controlled by the soviet union and its allies. Inside the iron curtain freedoms were restricted and liberty denied.
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He topped it off by using a common German phrase of endearment –“Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin” which means: I still have a suitcase in Berlin (page 1). While listening to the actual video record of this statement; the crowd stood up and cheered. At that point President Reagan had achieved his goal of winning over the crowd. After Ronald Reagan had successfully reached common ground with the present crowd he turned his attention to the speech’s intended audience which was that of East Berlin and the Soviet Union. He immediately tried to reach out to by stating that he wished to extend his warmest greetings and good will of the American people (page 1). Reagan then goes on to state that he has one unshakable conviction that there is only one Berlin. In this statement he says two things; he first uses the language of the German people. It is important to realize that the language he choose was not Russian but German. This displayed the fact that his comments were meant for the people of East Berlin and not to their Soviet overseers. He then foreshadows the fact that Berlin and the greater extent East Germany should be rejoined with its Western neighbor which would make it whole free, democratic state. To first justify Reagan's position he explained that Germany should again be a whole free
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