During my first visit to Erfurt in the former East Germany, I struck up a conversation with a waitress in a restaurant. When she learned I was an American, she said, "I don't speak English. The only sentence I know is 'Mr. Gorbachoff, Tear down zeess vall!'"

Reagan said something that a lot of us had had on their minds for some time. If the Soviets wanted to demonstrate a positive orientation to human liberty, tear down the Berlin Wall. He was simply the first who had the guts to express it verbally, and with style!