August 03, 2005

Berlin At It Again

The Checkpoint Charlie memorial in Berlin was torn down right after the Fourth of July. Now left-wingers in the Berlin city government have a second outrageous tourism goal: bring back a Soviet-era statue of Lenin that stood in East Berlin. The Medienkritik story that brought this to my attention included a Reuters segment quoting a German tourism expert. The expert called Berlin's Communist period the most asked-after by tourists. Well, then, why the hell did they knock down the Checkpoint Charlie memorial without setting up a replacement? Surely they don't think that tourists are interested in glorifying the Communist period.

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