The path leads on towards the closing chapters of the Cold War, with large photographs of some of the leaders of the time overhead.
A model of a contemporary Canadian ship is here, along with three uniform examples behind it.
An editorial cartoon dating back to the 80s, lampooning the prime minister, Brian Mulroney, for awarding a fighter jet maintenance contract to a Quebec company over one in the west.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 seemed to be the climax of a momentous year that saw the fall of communism in the former Warsaw Pact countries, a prelude to the end of communism in the Soviet Union. A section of the Berlin Wall resides here, a gift to the federal government, which had hosted a summit of foreign ministers at the time to sort out the transition to a united Germany.
The thawing of the Cold War saw new possibilities. And new dangers.
The Gulf War erupted with the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq; a novelist described it accurately as grand theft writ large. American president George H.W. Bush had spent his career in international relations and carefully built up an international coalition of forces, culminating in Desert Storm. Canadian forces were part of that coalition- primarily air force and navy.
Canadian Ted Zuber had fought in the Korean War as a young soldier, later painting his memories. He went back to the Persian Gulf as a commissioned war artist during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and painted more, including this one.
Desert Storm would end in victory, executed skillfully, freeing Kuwait and driving out the Iraqi military. In hindsight it might have been better to take out Saddam Hussein, but hindsight is 20/20.
I'll be taking a break from this series and finishing it up in the new year.
A beautiful header!ReplyDelete
That ship display would be worth investigatingReplyDelete
One of a good number of model ships in the museum.Delete
The fall of the Berlin Wall seemed truly impossible...ReplyDelete
And yet it happened.Delete
I visited the Berlin Wall in 1978. That was an impressive and sometimes terrifying week.ReplyDelete
It could have gone so differently.Delete
We are having another cold war now tooReplyDelete
That's how it feels.Delete
I am not sure if we will ever see peace around the world, a war is always happening somewhere. Take care, have a great day!ReplyDelete
It seems that way.Delete
Ah, Brian Mulroney, the brown envelope fellow, I remember him well - not fondly, but well!ReplyDelete
Despite his many flaws, though, I can still respect something about him- his stance against apartheid in South Africa.Delete
Amazing display, all interesting especially what appears to be artwork on the tall slates. Nicely done!ReplyDelete
Graffiti- on the West Berlin side.Delete
Our friends lived in as children during WW2 and later in a divided Berlin. That city has a incredible history.ReplyDelete
Amazing seeing the uniforms. It would have been clever to save them.ReplyDelete
...the end of the Cold War seemed so hopeful for a while.ReplyDelete
One fears that they will have to keep putting additions onto the museum.ReplyDelete
It appears that it is impossible for humanity to live in peace.ReplyDelete
So it seems.Delete
Enjoy your break.ReplyDelete
Oh I'm not going anywhere. Just putting this series on pause. I have stuff for the remainder of the year.Delete
Aproveito para desejar a si e sua família um Santo Natal.ReplyDelete
Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
Have a wonderful break, William.ReplyDelete
Still staying on. I just realized there was no way to wrap up the series and do other stuff. This seemed a logical place for a pause.Delete
When I was in Berlin I was a bit disappointed there is not much left of the km long wall. But they put lines on the street to show where the wall was.ReplyDelete
Good place to pause ~ such a strange time in history ~ but then all of them are strange ~ human relations a mystery ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter, and a Happy Holiday season
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
This felt appropriate.Delete
La caída del muro, fue muy celebrada. Ese muro separaban a gran parte de las familias, en razón de su residencia.ReplyDelete
Yes, a fitting title. The feeling of storm clouds passing doesn't last long as the Ukraine darkens under the horror of war.ReplyDelete
I was/am a huge fan of Margaret Thatcher, we need more like her running countries, just my opinion!ReplyDelete
She was one to be reckoned with.Delete
I remember I was on a great holiday when Hussein fell. We all celebrated. Sad when people celebrate your death, no.ReplyDelete
I can think of an orange wannabe dictator whose death I'll celebrate.Delete
Another very informative post.ReplyDelete
The concept of war artist is both needed and shocking.ReplyDelete