Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Intellectual dishonesty

I'm not sure what else to call Gorbachev's statements other than intellectual dishonesty. In a recent interview, he said this:

"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.

"I think what is really needed are ideas and proposals about how to improve that cooperation and work out all of those issues regarding immigration flows. I don't think the U.S. is so weak and so much lacks confidence as not to be able to find a different solution.
I don't think he can honestly believe what he's saying. We're not building an iron curtain here. No country in its right mind has a totally open border with completely ineffective police / laws and is serious about security. The border with Mexico is a magnet for drug and human trafficking, illegal immigration, and likely terrorism.

The Berlin wall was the East keeping the West out for fear of losing people to the freedom of democracy. It was just another means of Soviet corruption. This wall is a wall of defense, aimed to protect us from the dangers of a non-cooperative neighbor and a global terrorist threat. The difference between the two is significant.