Friday, September 11, 2009
From archives in Moscow comes the startling news that Margaret Thatcher was not quite delirious about the possibility of German reunification. The Times:
It is interesting to hear that Gorbachev thought Erich Honecker was an “arsehole”- he definitely was. It still fascinates me that Gorby was so far-sighted. I really think he was a leader not far below Churchill in the twentieth century pantheon. He played a much more active role in the largely peaceful end of communism in Eastern Europe than people realize. I think we still like to believe that the grandstanding of Western politicians was decisive in killing Soviet communism- it was not. But, we can take some comfort in the fact that the Soviet economy nearly collapsed under communism, beginning to contract by 1971. The brilliance of Gorbachev was that he saw what was coming and successfully steered the ship of state into a radically different future while avoiding massive bloodshed. It could have been a lot worse. Other communist leaders were not nearly so prescient or cool-headed.
Posted by Rufus at 7:12 AM