Father's message lost on Bush

Boston Globe
by Derrick Z. Jackson

05/16/06

In November 1989, President Bush's father praised the fall of the Berlin Wall by saying, 'It clearly is a good development in terms of human rights.' He added, 'We're saluting those who can move forward with democracy. We are encouraging the concept of a Europe whole and free. ... I don't think anyone can resist it, in Europe or in the Western Hemisphere.' In that Thanksgiving address, he also said, 'Around the world tonight, new pilgrims are on a voyage to freedom, and for many, it's not a trip to some faraway place but to a world of their own making. On other Thanksgivings, the world was haunted by the images of watchtowers, guard dogs, and machine guns. In fact, many of you had not even been born when the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961. But now the world has a new image, reflecting a new reality: that of Germans, East and West, pulling each other to the top of the wall, a human bridge between nations.' In his call last night to send thousands of National Guard troops to the border between the United States and Mexico, the son once again failed to listen to the father. Bush is sending the Iraq-weary Guard to the border to mollify hardline conservatives who are building their careers around -- whether they say this explicitly or not -- a brown invasion from the south...

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