Endorses Mr. Barack Obama's
Version of a NWO
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(B) Mr. Gorbachev endorses Mr.
Obama's version of the NWO which is not the one apparently intended by
President Bush I (1)
'proud' of role in fall of Berlin Wall
By Alexander Osipovich (AFP) – November 3, 2009
MOSCOW — Mikhail Gorbachev said Tuesday that he was proud of his role
in the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, defending himself against
Russian critics who accuse him of losing the Soviet empire.
"I am proud that we — and by that I mean both Western and Eastern
European countries — found an approach that took everyone's interests
into account, so this most painful thing was liquidated," Gorbachev
Gorbachev indicated that leaders had no choice other than ending the
decades-long division of Germany into Communist East and NATO-aligned
"The issue is not shame, but the fact there was a split in a country in
the centre of Europe, the centre of the world, with a huge population,"
he told reporters in Moscow.
Gorbachev, 78, is widely admired in the West but often criticised in
Russia for policies that led to economic chaos and the dismantling of
Moscow's sprawling empire.
His Western admirers have lauded his decision not to use force to stop
the mounting resistance to Communist regimes in eastern Europe in the
late 1980s, which culminated in the dramatic fall of the Berlin Wall on
November 9, 1989.
The fall of the barrier, where many East Germans had been killed trying
to flee to the West, paved the way for Germany's reunification in 1990.
"If the Soviet Union had wanted, it could have stopped reunification.
And what would have happened then? I don't know. Maybe World War III,"
Gorbachev mused in a free-wheeling talk with a group of reporters.
He said that he had not regarded the
fall of the Wall as a reason to panic, noting that he had been asleep
when it was breached.
Gorbachev also criticised the
behaviour of the United States, which he said had suffered from a
"victor's complex" in the years after the Cold War,
overextending its power throughout Europe and the world.
"The Americans should understand that
their monopoly has ended," Gorbachev
said earlier, speaking at the presentation of a book by US billionaire
and former media mogul Ted Turner at his foundation in Moscow.
"But that America is going to be a
leader for a long time, that it is going to be very influential — this
is a fact, whether you like it or not."
praised US President Barack Obama, who has sought to improve the United
States' image and repair US-Russian relations that were damaged
under his predecessor George W. Bush.
Comparing Obama's efforts with his own
attempt to reform the Soviet Union in the 1980s — which was called
"perestroika", or "restructuring" — Gorbachev said that Obama faced the
"I do not envy
Obama, because I think changing and 'restructuring' America is not
easier than changing the Soviet Union," Gorbachev said.
"I wish the
Americans luck. I think the president's steps need the support of the
American people," he added.
a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990, also said he approved of
Obama's unexpected Peace Prize victory last month, saying it
could help push the United States towards greater multilateralism.
Gorbachev criticised "dividing lines" that he said had reappeared in
the world and called on the United States, Russia and Europe to
cooperate in creating a "fairer" world order.
"There should be no walls. Now, by the
way, dividing lines are beginning to appear again. We need to live in peace in this house
called Europe, with all its doors and windows," Gorbachev said.
in cooperation with Russia and the United States can Europe play its
role in the global process of creating a new world order", he
said, adding this had been a
dream of his "good acquaintance" the late pope John Paul II.
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