Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev compared the United States' proposed 700-mile wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to the Berlin Wall during a Tuesday visit to Midland.
Addressing a Tuesday news conference at UTPB's Center for Energy and Economic Diversification, the JBS Public Leadership Institute Distinguished Lecture Series speaker was by turns serious and flippant prior to a reception with more than 100 people.
"You remember President Reagan standing in Berlin and saying, 'This wall should be torn down,'" said the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner. "Now the United States seems to be building almost the Wall of China between itself and this other nation with which it has been associated for many decades and has had cooperation and interaction with.
Eh, Mr. Gorbachev, does the fact that the Berlin Wall was constructed to keep people IN somehow escape you? This must be part of the "Re-Write History Tour 2006."
Forgive me, but the thought of the former leader of the Soviet Police State, formerly known as the USSR, lecturing in the United States about freedom and democracy (in Midland TX?) is one that I find at best surreal, and at worst repugnant.