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Happy birthday, united city of Berlín!

The fall of the Berlin Wall never escaped my memory. Later I wrote a paper about it during college and looked up at the library for every single magazine published between October and November 1989. What struck me the most is that during October Honecker was just talking nonsense all over and somehow the media were hinting or predicting that such outcome would occur inminently, due to their extensive coverage of East Germans flocking to the West through Hungary.

I yearn for the day when the invisible border walls of Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela fall apart as it was the desire and legacy of Simón Bolívar. His dream was promptly destroyed a few months before his death. We should also be the same country, not through military invasions planed by our senseless leaders but rather through the slow and steady economic growth, tariff-free example of the European Union. But our caudillo politicians on the three sides will never let this heretic idea get a hold on our populations. It is ironic that, on this celebration day for humanity, the politicians from the Northern portion of South America are more interested in getting entrenched in power through possible fratricide war than in intertwining our economies and populations. 

Rubén Rivero Capriles

Caracas, November 9, 2009



Ivan said:

A lovely and heartfelt plea for sanity in this madness. I am from Serbia and in my part of the world, the Balkans, the populations believe only membership of the  EU will save them and have lost all faith in local politicians. I'm not sure the EU is the panacea but it is certainly better than the current situation. We will be forced to better ourself, to innovate, trade and behave in a more neighborly way.

Still I believe the main purpose of the EU is to provide a powerful new "country" to throw some weight around the world and are not really interested in the majority of the European population.

Thanks for your blog. I find your your writings about Venezuela very interesting.

Ivan Petrovic

# November 18, 2009 3:08 AM