Border policemen stand next to the sign at the Berlin Wall and Brandenburg Gate in Berlin June 17, 1986. The sign says: "Achtung! Sie verlassen jetzt West-Berlin" (Attention, you are leaving West Berlin). (CNS photo/Wolfgang Kumm, EPA)
Antonio De Loera-Brust February 07, 2018
From now on, Berlin will live with the memory of the wall for longer than it lived with the wall itself.
US Air Force F-106As in flight in the early 1960s. Planes such as these were on high alert and ready to launch airstrikes on Soviet missile positions in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, 1962. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Antonio De Loera-Brust January 03, 2018
While a comparison with the Cuban Crisis does little to reassure us, it can offer some lessons on how our government avoided disaster in an even worse situation. We have been closer to the brink and still found a way to walk back.