...after the fall of the Berlin wall. This is fascinating to me, as I was there at the time. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...l-20-years-after-its-fall-divide-remains.html rbell's account of the fall of the Wall: November 9-10 we will be twenty years removed from the fall of the Berlin wall. I was in Switzerland, studying theology at the time. We quickly “called an audible” as a class, and inserted ourselves into one of the most remarkable events to occur in the last half-century—the (largely peaceful) demise of the Eastern Bloc. We were welcomed into places Americans dared not go only weeks earlier. Finally, we made our way to the focus of the world’s attention. The centerpiece of Freedom’s victory in 1989—the Berlin Wall. I still don't know if we realize what an incredible sight we saw. Twenty years later, I am still processing the sights and sounds of a newly freed people realizing their dreams. But one image will stay with me above all others. I'll never forget being at the wall a few days later. The immigration process was still being worked through. I was standing on top of the wall, near the Brandenburg gate. I looked over to the Western side...and there was a line of about ten people who were being processed to go to the East. I looked over to the Eastern side...and I saw a line of hundreds being processed to go to the West. Ten to get in. Hundreds to get out. My mind clicked. It said to me, "Remember this scene." And I have. It was then that I understood just how desirable liberty was to mankind. It was then that I recognized the yearning in men's hearts to be free, and how men are diminished in their own hearts and minds when they are not. Whenever I see our government take steps to restrict its people further, I think of the Wall, and the line to get in to a place of control…versus the line to get out of that same control. That is all I need to know to formulate a coherent political philosophy.