The Guardian's amazing selective memory over communism
A quarter century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Guardian now calls the end of communism "miraculous". Hold on, they wanted us to lose the Cold War and many of their writers were apologists for mass murder
Hypocrisy alert! The Guardian is trying to gate crash the party to celebrate the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of communist tyranny in eastern Europe a quarter of a century ago.
According to their latest editorial:
"It is hard to exaggerate how miraculous it was that these dictatorships crumbled so peacefully in 1989."
Hold the phone a second. Weren't you the guys that spent a very considerable part of the Cold War doing everything in your (thankfully limited) power to a) make us lose that Cold War and b) lie for the dictatorships whose demise you now describe as "miraculous"?
Still, at least they haven't marked the 25th anniversary in the way that they marked the 20th. Spin back to November 8, 2009 and the Guardian ran a piece in their comment pages entitled: "East Germans lost much in 1989".
No, as they say, I'm not making this up. The piece was by British trade union negotiator Bruni de la Motte. Her view on the fall of the Berlin Wall was as follows:
"Despite the advantages, for many it was more a disaster than a celebratory event." (My bold and italics)
In it's editorial, the Guardian also uses the 25th anniversary to extol the virtues of the European Union as a source of peace and prosperity. But given that they got the greatest stand-off since the end of the Second World War completely wrong, why should we think they're in a position to get what followed it right?
Overall, this is one party the Guardian just can't come to. They'd be far better off examining their own shameful past in relation to communism and fully and comprehensively apologising for it.
p.s. If they need any help, they should read this piece outlining the numbers of people that communism killed.
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