I tend to think of myself as leaning politically more towards the Democrat than the Republican way of thinking but without the straight and narrow idea that everything the one party does is right and everything the other does wrong. I try to look on what is said and done, as reported in the press which, as we all know, doesn’t necessarily give a balanced view of events, with a critical mind and evaluate. We learn more, I have been told, about the politics of the United States in foreign countries than we do at home and this, I have discovered, seems to be true. The reporting on American politics and events in Europe is on a completely different level, and a very refreshing change from the bias at home, the vested interests, the twisting and spin.
Today I was thinking about what President Obama said in Berlin during his visit here. He stood at the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunified Germany, and commented on the Berlin Wall. He regretted the fact that such walls have been built which separate people, which stop freedom, which bring nothing but more conflict. He said that he was happy the Berlin Wall has been dismantled and, perhaps in not so many words, wished that all such walls could be removed.
And then I just stopped and thought how hypocritical this is, this wish to remove walls separating people, when the United States supports the building of a wall between the people living in Israel and, closer to home, when so much money is being invested in a barrier between the United States and Mexico.
It may well be that many believe there are good reasons for such walls, but it strikes me as being wrong the celebrate the destruction of one wall, the freedoms that this destruction bring, and, at the same time, support and finance the building of more barriers at home and in other countries where dialogue and political willingness to work with others could bring so much more.
- Viktoria Michaelis.