Berlin Wall's Fall (1989)

Goldberg: The dangers of arrogant ignorance

Goldberg: The dangers of arrogant ignorance

During President Trump's speech in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, he memorialized Pope John Paul II's momentous 1979 visit to the city.

For many historians, the Polish-born pope's mass in Victory Square, more than anything else, set in motion the events that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall a decade later and the dissolution of the Soviet Union soon thereafter. The people in attendance knew exactly what President Trump meant when he spoke of how the millions of Poles attending that mass "did not ask for wealth. They did not ask for privilege. Instead, 1 million Poles sang three simple words: 'We want God.' "

But I wasn't in the audience; I was watching it on TV and...