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Poles honor Reagan, John Paul II with new statue
Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | July 14, 2012 | Vanessa Gera

Posted on 07/14/2012 1:50:42 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Polish officials unveiled a statue of former President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II on Saturday, honoring two men widely credited in this Eastern European country with helping to topple communism 23 years ago.

The statue was unveiled in Gdansk, the birthplace of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement, in the presence of about 120 former Solidarity activists, many of whom were imprisoned in the 1980s for their roles in organizing or taking part in strikes against the communist regime...

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholics; coldwar; communism; ironcurtain; johnpaul; poland; reagan; warsawpact
As should every country in Europe.
1 posted on 07/14/2012 1:50:53 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Poles have nailed it.


2 posted on 07/14/2012 2:18:53 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As should every state in our union!


3 posted on 07/14/2012 2:19:54 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

As should every state in our union!


4 posted on 07/14/2012 2:19:54 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are statues of President Reagan in London, Budapest, Tbilisi and Warsaw.


5 posted on 07/14/2012 2:26:47 PM PDT by moonshot925
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To: moonshot925
There are statues of President Reagan in London, Budapest, Tbilisi and Warsaw.

Obama will have statues all over muslim-land.

6 posted on 07/14/2012 2:29:11 PM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The hatred, ignorance, and historical revisionism on display in the comments to that story are truly depressing.


7 posted on 07/14/2012 2:37:54 PM PDT by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


8 posted on 07/14/2012 2:41:45 PM PDT by donna (Mitt quote: ..gay couples raising kids. That's the American way..(Penn St feels same about showers))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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9 posted on 07/14/2012 2:56:08 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Real men are not threatened by strong women." -- Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When I was a kid Polish jokes were common and always impugned the intelligence of Poles.

This article testifies to the uncomfortable truth that our citizenry is becoming increasingly ignorant compared to much of the rest of the world.

Germany and Eastern Europe clearly understand the significance of Ronald Reagan, while half our country still believes the narrative of studipity about Reagan spewed by the media and liberals.

It’s very saddening and frustrating.


10 posted on 07/14/2012 2:56:36 PM PDT by almcbean
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Reagan,Thatcher,Pope John Paul II and Helmut Kohl are all owed an enormous debt of gratitude for having played such a huge roll in the collapse of Soviet Communism.
11 posted on 07/14/2012 2:59:08 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President Of My Lifetime)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump


12 posted on 07/14/2012 3:04:42 PM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump


13 posted on 07/14/2012 3:04:52 PM PDT by lowbridge (Joe Biden: "Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reagan, like every classy gentleman, knew when and with what clothes to wear brown shoes.


14 posted on 07/14/2012 3:10:11 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can't help it. When I think of what that one man accomplished, with joy in his work and a love for God, and how we've changed, I start to choke.

We simply must provide workable alternatives to government controlled education. The teachers' unions must be destroyed. The universities must collapse.

It's doable. Virtually nobody likes this system.

15 posted on 07/14/2012 3:14:36 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s trade all of the people of Poland for all of our Leftist commies.


16 posted on 07/14/2012 3:19:37 PM PDT by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

doubt that we would see a work of art like that here. on a
side note, the home page on bing today featured a photo of gdansk. maybe poland would be a good place to expatriate
to if/when the bottom falls out.


17 posted on 07/14/2012 3:24:21 PM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Reading and typing with tears in my eyes. Long live principled men and women who can confront evil and defeat it. May God bless them both eternally and may we always carry their spirit in our hearts and minds.


18 posted on 07/14/2012 3:27:42 PM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: americas.best.days...

My sentiments exactly.


19 posted on 07/14/2012 3:29:29 PM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What? No Gorbachev?


20 posted on 07/14/2012 4:17:00 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama doesn’t have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

God bless the Poles.


21 posted on 07/14/2012 4:20:13 PM PDT by oldsicilian
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

They need to add Waleska


22 posted on 07/14/2012 5:22:01 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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Lech is still alive. When he’s gone, expect statues.


23 posted on 07/14/2012 6:11:12 PM PDT by Argus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Coincidentally (maybe not), gorgeous Gdansk, Poland is the featured iamge today, in Bing’s spectacular daily picture series.

Check it out:

http://www.bing.com/


24 posted on 07/14/2012 6:14:59 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Coincidentally (maybe not), gorgeous Gdansk, Poland is the featured image today, in Bing’s spectacular daily picture series.

Check it out:

http://www.bing.com/


25 posted on 07/14/2012 6:15:17 PM PDT by EyeGuy (Armed, judgmental, fiscally responsible heterosexual.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And President Narcissus says,

“Waaaaa, why don’t I get a statue of myself in Poland? Don’t they love me in Europe?”


26 posted on 07/14/2012 6:58:11 PM PDT by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: americas.best.days...
It's certainly on my short list.
27 posted on 07/14/2012 7:57:34 PM PDT by RPTMS
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To: donna

That’s terrific!


28 posted on 07/14/2012 9:48:32 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Gay State Conservative
Reagan,Thatcher,Pope John Paul II and Helmut Kohl are all owed an enormous debt of gratitude for having played such a huge roll in the collapse of Soviet Communism.

I would even put Boris Yeltsin there, the Soviet Union might still very well be with us today, had he not stood on that tank during the attempted coup attempt.

29 posted on 07/14/2012 9:54:31 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Albion Wilde

The bodies are fine, but the heads and faces not so much, I wonder what the artist had in mind.


30 posted on 07/14/2012 9:57:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Poles get it, baby!


31 posted on 07/14/2012 10:00:15 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From the article: “Reagan should have a statue in every city”, Walesa said.


32 posted on 07/14/2012 10:01:14 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: almcbean
the jokes about Polish lack of intelligence date from the 1800s. Poland had been partitioned by Russia, Prussia and Austria in the period around 1793.

The poles had defined literature, art, etc. in the prior years -- and the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth was the largest country in Europe for a long time until the rise of Muscowy.

the entire "dumb Poles" was planned propaganda by the Prussians to explain their destruction of their former overlords (Prussia had been a subordinate state to the Polish-Lithuanian union from the battle of Grunwald in 1410 and arguably started off as one in the 13th century) -- and the Prussians succeeded -- in trying to stereotype Poles as stupid oafs.

This was false -- we need no further proof than that the Polish language and culture survived when Poland was obliterated for 130 years. A strong culture, an educated one, survives even under strong Germanization/Russification (in the PRussian and Russian partitioned parts of Poland the Germans and Russians made it compulsory that learning etc. was to be in german/russian and aimed to destroy Poland as a concept... Hitler continued on the same track and the Soviets would have liked to do it as well)...

incidently, the English did the same to the Irish from the 1700s onwards -- prior to that Ireland was known as the land of the poets and where Roman culture was kept alive after the march of the Germanic barbarian hordes

33 posted on 07/14/2012 11:14:36 PM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I read that there's a clinton erection in Kosovo.

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34 posted on 07/14/2012 11:36:59 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: Argus

LECH IS STILL ALIVE!

I will write that on the board one hundred times. lol

Well I bet your right on target....in fact I’d say its gonna be one hell of a statue, and he will have deserved every meter of it.

Thanks.


35 posted on 07/17/2012 5:33:08 PM PDT by TomasUSMC ( FIGHT LIKE WW2, FINISH LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM)
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