As we celebrated Independence Day in the United States yesterday, I suddenly learned a profound lesson about independence I never knew about. I must have been preoccupied with graduating from college, but I cannot believe this escaped my attention when so many freedom movements were coming to fruition during the end of the ’80s (South Africa, Solidarity in Poland, Berlin wall, et cetera.). My question always has been, “Is freedom really freedom when obtained at the end of a gun?”
The Singing Revolution of Estonia in 1988.
And the Baltic Way of 1989.