February 10, 2020
Poles naturally hate the Russians.
I’m not even going to go into whether or not they have valid reasons for that. What I will say is that the reasons they do have are very old, and we now live in a totally different world.
In this new world, the United States is attempting to use Poland as a human shield against Russia. There are some Poles that are aware of this dynamic, and are supporting allowing bygones to be bygones.
It is imperative for Warsaw and Moscow to improve relations, outlive the troubled past and move forward, ex-president of Poland Lech Walesa has said, adding that only a “third party” benefits from the discord.
While the relationship between Poland and Russia wasn’t particularly warm throughout recent decades, it can be unfrozen if both sides do their part, Walesa told Russia’s Sobesednik weekly.
“Even now, these relations can be made good,” the former president said.
“When we quarrel, only third parties win. Warsaw was always closer to Moscow than to Washington.”
Poland and Russia “deserve to live in peace and friendship… despite all the losses both sides had,” Walesa noted. Moreover, the rest of Europe will “tremble” once the historic neighbors come to terms with each other.
Warsaw upped the ante once again earlier this year, when former prime minister and leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party Jaroslaw Kaczynski claimed Russians were “perpetrators” in starting the Second World War.
Echoing the bizarre outburst, Deputy Foreign Minister Pawel Jablonski demanded that Russia pay its dues for what he said were “war crimes” and “occupation” during several decades.
When asked about Jablonski’s remark, Walesa ridiculed it.
“It’s the same as I would demand to get my youth back to me. But it has already gone … We must go forward – this is important.”
Yes, it’s soooo important that you have your revenge for ancient history – no matter how many people die because of it.
Poles will talk about how much they hate Russia, and how they like the US because the US stands up against Russia.
But are they really as stupid in real life as they are in the memes?
Surely, they can understand where the US dislike of Russia comes from, and they can understand that if NATO uses them as a launching point for a war against Russia, no Polish person is going to benefit.
As they’re getting ripped up by shrapnel, I don’t think a single Polish child – or woman or man, for that matter – is going to be shrieking “at least we got revenge on Russia for communism…!” with their last breath.
Poland needs to grow up and move on and realize that given their geography, national identity and Christian morality, they are much closer to Russia than to the US, and they do not benefit in any way by being a pawn for NATO.
Honestly, from what I know of the Poles, it is unlikely that there is going to be a turn towards Russia until they really understand the stakes, at which point it will be too late. But it is nice to see that some Poles are starting to realize where this is going.