I enjoyed reading PG Executive Editor David M. Shribman's interesting column on the fall of the Berlin Wall in last Sunday's Post-Gazette ("After the Wall," May 24). However, it could have been more interesting had he mentioned the irony that 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, our government is building an American version of the Berlin Wall on our southern border.
Defenders of this wall claim that it is different because it is intended to keep people "out" rather than "in." However, the reality is that from the point of view of someone trying to escape the violence and poverty of Mexico, it makes no difference whatsoever whether you say you are keeping him "out" of the United States or forcing him to remain "in" Mexico.
HENRY HALLER III