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    Good points, able. To be sure, there were many things going on in the mid to late 80's including in eastern European countries themselves. Still, it would seem that if that is all that it took, if all that occurred was those countries throwing off the yoke of Soviet oppression, why didn't it happen long before then? What was it about that moment in time that led to all of the dominos collapsing at once? I don't dispute that those countries (especially Poland, from what I recall of news reports at the time -- because Lech Walesa and the Solidarity labor movement planted the impression that the Soviets, after all, were not all powerful and could not indefinitely suppress the desire for freedom. Also, the Pope and influence of Catholic Church in Poland and elsewhere in eastern Europe was huge.) impacted the fall of the Berlin Wall, but I don't think it is accurate to say that the Americans (and Reagan's policies) had nothing at all to do with it either.
    You also have to take a look at the Soviet Union itself. It was pumping out money left and right to keep these satellite regimes propped up. They weren't getting much of a return from these countries either economically (for example with Cuba, all they really got in return was sugar). At the same time the economy was still trying to recuperate from the Brezhnhev years which were stagnant (thanks to following economic cues from Khrushchev, but that's a different story), and overall, corrupt. Keep in mind to they had more than one Cold War going at the time even since the Sino-Soviet Split, though to be fair the tensions had cooled down since Mao's death.

    But Ronald Reagan's policies were a cause, but they weren't THE cause. It was a part in a downfall that involved a rotten economy, a wave of mass movements, a broken up camp, religious pressure, and finally a leader who pushed them over the economic edge and there's probably a lot more to.

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