Next Misleading Berlin Wall Comparison Just In!

This happens regularly, of course. The cool thing about this particular one is that it comes from the mayor of Berlin himself.

Berlin Wall

Michael Müller (SPD), apparently not all too familiar with the history of his own city, has implied through a message he sent to President Trump on Friday that the wall he is planning to build on Mexico’s border is somehow comparable to the infamous one that divided Berlin for decades. “Divisive?” Certainly. Most walls are divisive, as far as I know. Otherwise they wouldn’t call them walls.

But what Müller and others bend over backwards to ignore here is that the one in Berlin was built to keep people “in.” You know, like a prison wall? The planned Trump wall, however, is being built to keep people “out.”

Now I understand that I am being an annoying stickler for details here but one really ought to consider this from time to time. Before the next misleading comparison comes over the wires, I mean. Because you’ll be hearing them regularly, like I say.

“Berlin — the city which stands for the separation of Europe as well as the freedom of Europe — cannot watch silently as another country plans to build a wall,”

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3 responses

  1. Perhaps they don’t get that Poland, Austria, and Switzerland ARE Germany’s walls.

    And yes, the abuse of the Berlin Wall analogy has gone beyond going too far to have any meaning left at all. It requires that one use the East German implausible proposition that is was there to “keep fascism OUT”.

  2. Good point, Joe. Austria stopped the refugee wave coming to Germany, or slowed it down, not anything the German government did. The trick here is to pretend here there are no walls already protecting you and then lecture everybody else for having had the audacity to put them up.

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