BERLIN: Fighting Over a Few Words

It was on a sweltering August night ten years ago last week that steel-helmeted East German troops poured out of trucks all along the 25-mile border between East and West Berlin. In a matter of hours, the Communist soldiers had thrown up the hideous concrete-block wall that became the instant symbol of cold war realities. The Western capitals were paralyzed; to respond would be to risk thermonuclear war. Yet in accepting the Berlin Wall, the West was forced to live with the fact that families would be divided and a whole people would be left with no exit. That...

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