Photo Update: Real Winds of Change: 20 years. In speech Hillary calls for world ‘to confront those who murder and maim girls whose only wish is to go to school’ RIGHT ON!

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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (left), French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, German President Horst Köhler, Berlin's Mayor Klaus Wowereit, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend celebrations near the Brandenburg Gate for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

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Telegraph:

“Our history did not end the night the wall came down,” Mrs Clinton told current and former European and US political heavyweights on the eve of the 20th anniversary of an event that symbolised the end of the Cold War. “It began anew,” she said in a keynote speech hosted by the Atlantic Alliance.

“To expand freedom to more people, we cannot accept that freedom does not belong to all people. We cannot allow oppression defined and justified by religion or tribe to replace that of (communist) ideology,” she said.

The chief US diplomat recalled how German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a visit to Washington last week, spoke of the walls of the last century and “the less visible but equally daunting walls” of today.

“These are walls between the present and the future, walls between modernity and nihilistic attitudes, walls that divide our common heart, that deny progress and opportunity to the many who yearn for both,” Mrs Clinton said.

She highlighted the moment that Chancellor Merkel will on Monday walk through the heart of once-divided Berlin as a moment that “should be a call to action, not just a commemoration of past actions.

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Clinton delivers a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate during celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

“That call should spur us to continue our co-operation and to look for new ways that we can meet the challenges that freedom faces now,” Mrs Clinton said.

“We owe it to ourselves and to those who yearn for the same freedoms that are enjoyed and even taken for granted in Berlin today,” she added.

“And we need to form an even stronger partnership to bring down the walls of the 21st century and to confront those who hide behind them: the suicide bombers, those who murder and maim girls whose only wish is to go to school,” she said.

“In place of these new walls, we must renew the trans-Atlantic alliance as a cornerstone of a global architecture of co-operation,” Clinton said.

ChicagoTribune:

(…)Merkel, who will host leaders including Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, recalled that the fall of the wall Nov. 9, 1989, came as an utter surprise.

Germans were out in force along the former route of the barrier, inspecting 1,000 giant dominoes that will be toppled as part of Monday’s ceremony.

Mayor Klaus Wowereit said the project, in which children were among those to decorate the foam tiles, had helped underline the day’s importance for those too young to remember it…

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Hillary and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Update: Courtesy of Sen Kyl (R-AZ):

“Moral clarity helped Ronald Reagan bring down Soviet totalitarianism during the 1980s, and it can help us bring freedom to Iran today.” -U.S. Senator Jon Kyl speaking on the Senate floor on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. November 9, 2009.

*photos courtesy of Foreign Policy Madame Secretary blog

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November 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Hillary Clinton, Politics, Popular Culture, Terrorism.

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