In the seventh year of his presidency, Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, one that would alter the trajectory of world history.
“We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control,” Reagan said, referring to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost policy.
“There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace,” Reagan said.
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern