Rebuilding part of the Berlin Wall as a tourist attraction.Bad Idea:
It was a pretty big deal when the wall fell. It wasn't really a moment of triumph of West over East, or Capitalism over Communism, but more a triumph of liberty and human decency over the inhumanity of totalitarian government. Tearing down the wall was symbolic of an end to the old world as we knew it; that world that was mutilated by Stalin and Hitler.
So why in the hell would we want to build that back up again? This works bad on a couple of levels. First, it's stupid because it's like we're constantly trying to remind people of the pain and opression that they endured under Soviet rule. We should never forget history, and we should never try to pretend that something didn't happen just to spare our feelings, but there are ways to remember it that don't involve resurrecting the physical memories of such a painful past.
Seeing the wall torn down and in shambles, for me, would mean so much more than seeing even a portion of it rebuilt. Destroyed and crumbled is how it should be seen, because the triumph it represents is what's most meaningful.
This is a short post because I'm not entirely sure how fully to articulate all of this except to say that sometimes, destruction can be a monument in itself.