Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Was It Really 17 Years Ago?

1989: East Germany leader ousted
The Communist leader of East Germany, Erich Honecker, has been forced to step down as leader of the country.

After 18 years in power he will be replaced by Egon Krenz, currently the head of internal and external security for the Politburo.

The official reason for his departure is said to be "ill health" but failure to deal with the tide of discontentment sweeping the country and the party is thought to be the real reason.

Up to 120,000 people marched in Leipzig on Monday to protest against a lack of political reforms and thousands of people are continuing to leave the country in search of better opportunities.

The recent visit of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is also being seen as a contributing factor to the downfall of Mr Honecker.

The Soviet leader was highly critical of the East German leadership saying there was a need for people to feel involved with their country and to have their opinions taken seriously.

The placement of Mr Krenz is being seen by the opposition as a change of tactics rather than a change of direction.

The banned opposition movement New Forum said: "Krenz's appointment shows the Communist party has no intention of sharing power. Reform under him is unlikely."

A decade's grooming

Mr Krenz, who at 55 is the youngest member of the Politburo, has been groomed to take over for more than a decade by Mr Honecker.

The news has so far received mixed reactions.

Student Steffi Muller, referring to the official announcement that "health reasons" were the cause for the departure said: "They were really referring to the health of the country - we were dying on our feet under Honecker."

Rainer Eppelmann, an East Berlin vicar said: "Krenz must show that he has the will to change things, and not only cosmetically."

Mr Honecker was expected to retire next year, following the country's 40th anniversary celebrations.

In November 1989, in a bid to bolster the political regime, the Berlin Wall, set up under the personal supervision of Erich Honecker, was torn down on the orders of Egon Krenz.

It was not enough to stop people leaving East Germany and on 3 October 1990 the two Germanys merged to form a new united country.

A new administration took over in the reunified Germany, led by Helmut Kohl.

In 1990 Mr Honecker was charged with high treason, abuses of power and corruption.

Proceedings against him were suspended, due to his ill health, and he was allowed to go into exile in Chile where he died in 1994.

11 Comments:

At 5:15 PM, Blogger Obob said...

I joke the three things that took down Communism:
1. the Pope, a pissed off Pole
2. Reagan, wore them to a nub
3.. McDonalds, the second those Golden Arches hit Red Square, the value meal was on the wall

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Chile.

Makes me wonder, because isn't that one of the places where old Nazis went to roost?

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Thanks AC..I hadnt heard this news at all...what do u think the future holds there?

 
At 4:22 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

God bless Mikhail Gorbachev.

He wasn't perfect but the world needed him and he was there at the right time.

Communism lasted a hell of a lot longer than Naziism, but we eventually defeated both. I am confident that we will eventually win the current war we're fighting.

"Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
-- General Patton

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

obob..like many jokes, there is a strong element of truth to it.

Steve...Argentina, Brazil and Chile were all safe havens for Nazi's.

 
At 6:10 AM, Blogger FreeCyprus said...

American Crusader said on Daniel's site:

"My first duty assignment was the Coast Guard Cutter Courageous out of Key West. We mostly did drug interdiction and stopping illegal immigration. I went to Coast Guard law-enforcement school and participated in boarding parties.
After that I went to electronic school in Governors Island New York and then reassigned to Coast Guard Base Miami Beach(still nice in the late eighties early nineties). At Miami Beach I did marine electronics and law enforcement duties. Overall it was a very positive experience."

You served your country honourably.

I'm proud that my site links to yours.

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

fc....Gorbachev was much more respected in the West then in his own country. We saw him as a man of peace but most Russians/Communists saw him as the man who brought down their empire. That quote from Patton is one of my favorites.

Angel...who knows? Eurabia? Germany has been fighting Turkish migration for years now with mixed results. I wouldn't want to be living in Europe 50 years from now.

 
At 9:49 AM, Blogger Fight The Good Fight! said...

Excellent qoute by Patton, the whole speech was awesome!"Like shit through a goose!"
Yes, thanks for your experince crusader, I will be posting in honor for the U.S. Coastguard soon.
Thanks to 'The Gipper' for helping to bring an end the the Cold War.
FTGF!

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

FTGF...I will be looking forward to that.

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Fight The Good Fight! said...

Hey, I had all the info an pics lined up for posting, I just posted it now!
Take care and it's great to know ya!
FTGF!

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

"We mostly did drug interdiction and stopping illegal immigration."

And a good job at that. I cannot recall the year when the Coast Guard busted a ship that had TONS of cocaine onboard.

 

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