"The world will see it is impossible to beat Arabs by force.” --Arab Summit Declaration, December 24, 1947
“Before I built a wall I'd ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn't love a wall,
That wants it down!” --Robert Frost, "Mending Wall”
The most famous line, at least from an American, on the road to Eastern Europe’s transformation cane from President Ronald Reagan: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Eventually the East German people did the job. The tearing down of the wall was a symbol of opening the borders, letting in the light of the outer world, throwing out the old totalitarian ideas that has sat on the people’s heads and pecked at their brains for decades.
While the tearing down of a wall in Berlin signalled a democratic and liberating revolution in Eastern Europe, it symbollizes the decision to make the Egyptian revolution the basis for a new dictatorship of hatred, blindness, and destruction.
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