Monday, November 09, 2009

Isn't German Chancellor Merkel thanking Gorbachev for his part in the collapse of the Berlin Wall somewhat akin to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo thanking Philadelphia Eagle cornerback Sheldon Brown for blowing the coverage that allowed Dallas to score the winning touchdown?

It isn't as if Gorbachev set out to preside over the dismantling of the Soviet Union, of which the collapse of the Berlin Wall was the defining image.

Gorbachev was the political equivalent of a doctor who subjected a somewhat ill patient to an experimental treatment (perestroika) that only succeeds in killing the patient... and getting thanked by those mentioned in the will.