Nice set of pictures of the anti-Gorbachov coup 20 years ago.
Bernard Levin, all those years ago, called it exactly, to the moment, when the Soviet system came tumbling down.
At one point, the crowd defending the White House was called upon to disperse. Along the lines of “This is the KGB, we order you to go home” or some such.
And the crowd laughed.
And then that was that. You can’t rule people through fear if they don’t fear you.
Or as PJ O’Rourke put it about the Berlin Wall:
I say, Shut-up you egghead flap-gums. We’ve got the whole rest of history to sweat the small stuff. And those discredited peace creeps, they can zip their soup-coolers too. They think Mikhail Gorbachev is a visionary? Yeah, he’s a visionary. Like Hirohito was after Nagasaki. We won. And let’s not anybody forget it. We the people, the free and equal citizens of democracies, we living exemplars of the Rights of Man tore a new asshole in International Communism. Their wall is breached. Their gutstring is busted. The rot of their body politic fills the nostrils of the earth with a glorious stink. We cleaned the clock of Marxism. We mopped the floor with them. We ran the Reds through the wringer and hung them out to dry. The privileges of liberty and the sanctity of the individual went out and whipped butt.