That you succeeded in obtaining your freedom, I grant you my congratulations, but that you can consider your 'brilliant' accomplishment in this deed as decisive factor, really jwojcie, that is presuming too much upon those turbulent events you had been only weak objects.
I've clearly wrote:
"(USSR failed) probably mainly because of oil prices fall and Afghanistan war, but it is hard to make symbol from oil :-)"
There is a difference between symbol and real cause. So either you have a problem with reading or your logic is
You were surprised why Walesa was one of main figures in Berlin, so I've explained it to you:
it was CELEBRATION. Celebrations requires symbols, especially living symbols. Walesa is one of them. It has nothing to do with all economic and political factors behind Soviets fall.
Yes, indeed; he is a symbol, but symbol of what? I think that he is the symbol of idiotic obstinacy....
He is a symbol of freedom, concept which is probably strange to you. Maybe it will surprise you, but in 80' when there were tanks on Polish streets, many ordinary people in the west (in west Germany too) organized diversed help for Solidarnosc. They knew what was happenig here and they cared (at least a little). That is why even this old Walesa, currently politically not important old man is still symbol for many people in Poland and in the West.
By the way, what would happen if Andropov was president of SU instead of Gorbachev during thous events? Don't strain your brain, I shall help you! All street lamps was hung with such symbols as Valenza or Walensa!
There is no need for brain strain to know that. That is the exact reason why every person with a common sense in Poland don't shed single tears over Soviet Union. That is the exact reason why every human with a little respect toward human life couldn't belive that supposedly democratic president of Russia, Vladimir Putin said that the collapse of the Soviet empire “was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century”. Most people in Poland don't share this sentiment, deal with it.