“Tear respected Soviet leader who certainly had

“Tear down this wall!” were the exact words that
bounced through the Berlin air on June 12, 1987, when President Reagan spoke
upon the rallied-up crowd of Germans at the East German side of the Berlin
wall. A huge barb wire infested concrete wall was built by the German
Democratic Republic’s communist government on August 13, 1961. The wall was
built to separate East and West Berlin. The wall quickly became known as a
symbol of communist oppression. The sole purpose of this wall was to stop the
western citizens from changing the communist system and from communicating with
the citizens of East Berlin who might then become disloyal to East Berlin. Reagan’s
famous Berlin Wall speech was made on his second trip to Germany in 1987, it
was an attempt to convince Mikhail Gorbachev to destroy the Berlin wall that separated
east and west. Gorbachev was a respected Soviet leader who certainly had the
power to do so. President Reagan’s argument was fueled by his use pathos, his
appeal to logos and use of Kairos.