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One of my favorite movies is the Academy Award-winning best picture "Braveheart," a fictionalized retelling of the story of William Wallace, the Scots knight and resistance leader during the Scottish independence wars of the 13th century.
Who can forget the closing scene when Wallace, played by Mel Gibson, is tortured and about to be beheaded?
He is offered mercy and a quick death if he pleads allegiance to King Edward. Instead he yells out the words: "Freedom!"
Two events last week reminded me of that cry for freedom.
The first was remembering 22 years ago last week, June 12, 1987, when President Reagan gave his speech at the Brandenburg Gate. He challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev with these words: "We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. ... Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
Two years later when the wall did come down, freedom spread across Eastern Europe.
The second event was seeing hundreds of thousands march in the streets across Iran in protest after the alleged re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Many of us Americans who love democracy and cherish the rights we enjoy daily watched with fascination. We thought something must be happening beyond disgruntled voters whose candidate had lost the election.
And something was happening. What we saw was a cry for freedom!
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