Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) November 15, 2009 -- In the world of high glitz and glamour, there is no greater disaster than when two individuals arrive at a function dressed in the same outfits. This is never more important than when the two women happen to also be high profile and powerful people.
Just such a mistake happened when Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, maybe two of the most influential women in the world, met for bilateral talks. Clinton was in Berlin for the 20th anniversary of the dismantling of the Berlin Wall.
For both women to turn up dressed in blue jackets, black pants and black kitten heels, could hardly have been a coincidence, or was it? Add to that the fact that both women sport short blond bobs. You have to ask if it was a reproduction of the very 'incident' that initially brought the Berlin wall (Iron Curtain) down in the first place.
In September 1989, Margaret Thatcher, the then prime minister, had pleaded with Soviet President, Mikhail Gorbachev, not to allow the Berlin Wall to come down. She hoped the Russian leader would do all he could to stop its fall. "We do not want a united Germany. This would lead to a change to postwar borders and we cannot allow that because such a development would undermine the stability of the whole international situation and could endanger our society".
Krenz led the politburo, which under increasing pressure, had decided to allow refugees to exit through crossing points between East and West Germany. This was extended to include private travel. The new policies were to take place on Nov 17th, with an official announcement to be made the following day.
Unfortunately, on November 9th an eager, misinformed politician decided to give a private press conference. A television station picked up on the news conference and announced the border crossings were open to everybody. Surprised and overwhelmed border guards were forced to allow people to pour to the west, as a state of total confusion reigned.
Soon people were attacking the wall with sledge hammers, or anything else they could get their hands on, in order to collect pieces of the wall as souvenirs. The end result was a unified Germany.
Originally the Berlin Wall was built to cut off the critical flow of youth and brain drain from the east to the west.
What sort of message were the women trying to send to the world? A clash of power, or a unification? Have Clinton and Merkel reached a mutual agreement, or are they two women fighting for position and even more power from different sides?
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