Saturday, February 10, 2007

Watching History Happen

I suppose that anyone who lives long enough gets to see history happen. But it's neat (for me, personally) to have lived long enough to see Ronald Reagan's Presidency, recognize his contribution to the end of the Cold War, and see a generation arise on the other side of the former Iron Curtain that wants to pay tribute:

Opponents of Poland's former communist regime reportedly want to pay a posthumous homage to US President Ronald Reagan by erecting his statue in the place of a Soviet-era monument.

In an open letter to the mayor of the southwestern city of Katowice, the former anti-regime activists said that the staunchly anti-communist Reagan had been a "symbol of liberty," the Polish news agency PAP reported.

As a result, they said, he deserved to become the centrepiece of the city's Freedom Square, replacing a monument to the Soviet troops who drove out the occupying Nazis in 1945.

They also said that they wanted the site to be rebaptised "Ronald Reagan Freedom Square."

City hall spokesman Waldemar Bojarun said that Katowice's councillors would consider the issue...

I've posted a picture of the 'Glass Fountain' in Katowice's Freedom Square. A statue of Reagan would look good there.

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