1989年的假设

纽约——

几周以来,电视屏幕上一直反复播放着这样的画面,仿佛让我们重新回到了当年的现场:柏林人在臭名昭著的柏林墙上欢快地跳舞,柏林墙是在20年前的1989年11月9日被推倒的。“Die Mauer ist Weck,”人们不停地叫喊着,在勃兰登堡门前的摄像机前挥舞着拳头。“墙没有了!”

毋庸置疑,这是二十世纪最具有标志性的事件之一。对于美国人来说,这可以看做是冷战以来具有图腾标志性的胜利。然而,如果你也在那天晚上的话,就像当时的我作为《新闻周刊》的记者正在当时的现场那样,那时的情形有点模糊,特别是过了20年后的今天回想起来。简单来说,历史的走向有可能是另一个样子,当时确实是这样的偶然。

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