He did not stand by the sidelines, he 'trusted his eyes'

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Was Gorbachev a key player in the fall of the Berlin Wall?

He did not stand by the sidelines, he 'trusted his eyes'.

Gorbachev's lack of direct action was not due to cowardice or a feeling of powerlessness by late 1989, as early as 1985 he had told the soviet satellites that he would not interfere in their affairs[1]. He was a man who had faith in socialism, that in the changing world the Soviet state needed to change to survive alongside democracy, rejecting the isolationism of the past but still a man of the system. He was not a violent man, had no 'siege mentality' and this is why he took no direct action, but was a key player in why the world changed in 1989.

  1. ^ http://www.economist.com/node/14793729

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