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Message from our friends at the Polish embassy
Polish embassy | 4-3-03 | dfu

Posted on 04/03/2003 2:37:07 PM PST by doug from upland

As some of you know, I have been encouraging FReepers to send messages of thanks to those nations that have supported our war efforts in Iraq. Go to www.embassy.org to send a message. Here is what was sent to the Polish embassy, and what was returned.

Subject: Thank you

----- Original Message -----
From: *******************
To: information@ioip.com
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2003 8:17 PM

Thank you for sending troops and supporting America. Please tell me products that you sell in the United States. I will look for them because I am anxious to return favors to our friends. I hope I can visit someday.

(signed, dfu)

Dear Sir or Madam,

We were very pleased to receive your word of recognition on the Polish support for the United States of America.

Poland and the United States share a bundle of common values and principles including democracy, freedom and liberty for all. Over the centuries both countries supported each other in their struggles – Kazimierz Pu³aski and Tadeusz Koœciuszko under the command of George Washington fought for the American liberation, and the Americans supported the Solidarity movement in the early 1980s.

I would like to inform you, that your e-mail has been sent to President of The Republic of Poland – Aleksander Kwasniewski.

I would also like to recommend you to visit the Embassy’s website www.polandembassy.org and the website of the Foreign Ministry of Poland www.msz.gov.pl. Also worth exploring is www.polandtour.org where you can find information on travel to Poland.

Tomasz Kruszewski

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland

Washington, DC


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1 posted on 04/03/2003 2:37:07 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland
The best way you can harm France is by NOT traveling there.

The best way you can help Poland is by traveling there instead.

Poland is a beautiful nation with a rich history. Warsaw and Krakow rival any other city of Europe in the beauty of their architecture and their historical significance.
2 posted on 04/03/2003 2:38:54 PM PST by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: doug from upland
Cool.
3 posted on 04/03/2003 2:39:56 PM PST by MCH
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To: doug from upland
Your message was actually forwarded to the President of Poland!

Excellent Freep!
4 posted on 04/03/2003 2:40:33 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (Let's Roll)
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To: doug from upland
No problem.

Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal and the rest of coalition members are all the family list of products and travel.

Sis and husband cancelled trips to Germany and France this summer. Will never set foot there ever.

5 posted on 04/03/2003 2:42:05 PM PST by OpusatFR (How can war protesters support Saddam when he is killing his own people! What sort of evil are you?)
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To: doug from upland
Sword in hand we will regain.
March, march Dabrowski!!!!
6 posted on 04/03/2003 2:42:16 PM PST by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004- pray & fast for our troops this lent-Peace through strength)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Ping.


This is excellent!
7 posted on 04/03/2003 2:42:31 PM PST by KingPin
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To: Illbay
Zakopane in the Tatry mountains is nice too, or so I've heard.
8 posted on 04/03/2003 2:43:49 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: doug from upland
DOBRZE!
9 posted on 04/03/2003 2:45:43 PM PST by try phecta tom ((Harvey RULES. Paul not the rabbit)
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To: doug from upland
Eastern Europe is a beautiful region that has been blighted, both in the American imagination and reality, by totalitarianism. I hope the recent inclusion in NATO and their support for the coalition in the Iraq war will be the beginning of some new relationships and apprasials.
10 posted on 04/03/2003 2:48:52 PM PST by BushMeister
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To: doug from upland
What's the big deal? I get letters all the time from these important people from Nigeria that are going to arrange for me to make millions:)
11 posted on 04/03/2003 2:54:34 PM PST by isthisnickcool
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To: doug from upland
Great idea, I added my thanks. Go Po!!
12 posted on 04/03/2003 2:54:58 PM PST by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: doug from upland
WOW! Sent to the Polish President. Hitting the big time...congrats.
13 posted on 04/03/2003 2:57:05 PM PST by amused (Republicans for Sharpton!)
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To: doug from upland
YEA!

A friend from Taipei is principal of an American School there and loves it.
14 posted on 04/03/2003 2:59:26 PM PST by Quix (QUALITY RESRCH STDY BTWN BK WAR N PEACE VS BIBLE RE BIBLE CODES AT MAR BIBLECODESDIGEST.COM)
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To: doug from upland
My letter:

To you who represent the brave nation of Poland: THANK YOU for being a part of the "coalition of the willing" and for sending troops to remove Saddam from power. His is a murderous, despicable regime that warrants removal.

Not only are you supporting the United States and Britain in their willingness to do what is right, but you are also making the entire world a safer place for democracy and freedom.

We appreciate you, we thank God for you, and we wish your troops, as ours, Godspeed in this most important mission!
15 posted on 04/03/2003 3:10:12 PM PST by pcgTheDestroyer
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To: pcgTheDestroyer
Great message. Please take the time to go to www.embassy.org and write a note to our other friends. I have sent many.
16 posted on 04/03/2003 3:14:12 PM PST by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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To: netmilsmom
Jeszcze Polska nie zginela!
17 posted on 04/03/2003 3:23:02 PM PST by NewsJunqui
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To: doug from upland
WOO-HOOski!
18 posted on 04/03/2003 3:27:15 PM PST by ZinGirl (I support our president and our military!..as do my family...my neighbors...my friends...)
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To: doug from upland
Just sent them a nice thank-you for their support during this war -- AND for sending us heroes like Pulaski and Kociuszko during our own "war of national liberation" back in the day.
19 posted on 04/03/2003 3:31:37 PM PST by MikalM
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To: doug from upland
Doug thank you! I wondered how to thank my countrymen since they gave us support. And I wrote them a long letter ;)
20 posted on 04/03/2003 3:31:51 PM PST by JustPiper (Anti-War Protestors Are The Terrorist's Bodyguard!!!)
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To: NewsJunqui
May Poland Live and Never Die ;)
21 posted on 04/03/2003 3:34:35 PM PST by JustPiper (Anti-War Protestors Are The Terrorist's Bodyguard!!!)
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To: doug from upland
COOL! (ZIMNO?!)
22 posted on 04/03/2003 3:37:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant cliche!)
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To: doug from upland
Great post, Doug!

I am so happy to see this. I am proudly part Polish/Ukrainian/and probably a few other countries up there, too.

Viva Poland! :-)

23 posted on 04/03/2003 3:42:21 PM PST by bootless (Never Forget)
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To: doug from upland
Most outstanding. Excellent stuff! Thanks much for passing that along. That really made my day. Thanks!

-Jay
24 posted on 04/03/2003 3:49:44 PM PST by Jay D. Dyson (Terrorists of the world, RISE UP! [So I may more easily gun you down.])
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To: Matthew Paul
Maciej, I know, I was trying to be funny!
26 posted on 04/03/2003 3:55:08 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant cliche!)
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To: doug from upland
This is fantastic!

I think, as Americans, we're going to consider foreign travel to places we never considered before.

Conversely, we'll never again consider places to which we've become accustomed to visiting.

Everybody wins!
29 posted on 04/03/2003 4:10:28 PM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Pete'sWife
"I think, as Americans, we're going to consider foreign travel to places we never considered before."

The Coalition of the Willing

Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan,
Bulgaria, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic,
Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia,
Ethiopia, Georgia, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Italy,
Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Marshall
Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua,
Palau, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Ruwanda, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Korea,
Spain, Tonga, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States,
and Uzbekistan.

I'm researching from the above list. Not only for products, but for possible vacation destinations. Poland, I have been told, is gorgeous.

30 posted on 04/03/2003 4:56:57 PM PST by thasea (God be with our troops this day...)
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To: Matthew Paul
TELL US ALL WHAT PRODUCTS ( besides gigantic ships) YOU MAKE THAT WE CAN BUY HERE TO THANK YOU ALL. GOD BLESS YOU!
31 posted on 04/03/2003 5:05:32 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Pete'sWife
FReeper charter plane to Poland and Bulgaria???
32 posted on 04/03/2003 5:14:16 PM PST by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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To: Matthew Paul

33 posted on 04/03/2003 5:23:35 PM PST by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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34 posted on 04/03/2003 5:25:59 PM PST by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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35 posted on 04/03/2003 5:28:27 PM PST by doug from upland (Send Al Sharpton 5 bucks so he can wreak havoc in his party)
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To: doug from upland
Bump! Message sent.
36 posted on 04/03/2003 5:29:13 PM PST by DoctorMichael (Liberalism = Evil)
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To: doug from upland; Hegewisch Dupa
hey HD, get your Polish dupa over here and send a letter of thanks to the homeland! ; )
37 posted on 04/03/2003 5:32:42 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: NewsJunqui
Pitifully, my 3 year old and 5 year old can sing the Polish National Anthem as they take Polish Dance. Mommy's grandparents, upon moving to America, refused to teach their 12 children Polish. Wouldn't have that happen today!!
38 posted on 04/03/2003 6:34:07 PM PST by netmilsmom (Bush/Rice 2004- pray & fast for our troops this lent-Peace through strength)
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To: thasea
Polish girls are absolutely gorgeous, too!
39 posted on 04/03/2003 6:35:44 PM PST by Hazzardgate
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To: Matthew Paul
Could you forward my question to someone in the trade area so that they can put a add compaign together, so the people of america can become familar with your products.... We still would want to go up and shake your hands and thank you all personally if we could.
41 posted on 04/04/2003 2:23:15 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Illbay
The travel advice and alternative destinations are all good. Maybe add Spain as a destination too.
42 posted on 04/04/2003 2:29:32 PM PST by pointsal
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To: Matthew Paul
THIS IS THE GUY THAT IS INTERESTED IN AMERICAN PEN PALS FOR HIS STUDENTS..... Please help out....
43 posted on 04/05/2003 2:49:46 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: Matthew Paul
I read about your interests in the U.S. on another thread. I live in Texas and I'm sure I can get some of the local schools to get involved with your penpal request. Please give me some contact info and I'll get the local wheels turning.

Poland has been a GREAT friend when the U.S. sorely needed her. We're an appreciative, caring country and we'd like to do anything we can to help Poland.

44 posted on 04/05/2003 3:05:42 PM PST by geedee
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To: Walkingfeather; Matthew Paul
so the people of america can become familar with your products.... We still would want to go up and shake your hands and thank you all personally if we could.

Amen. Americans are a passionate lot, Matthew. We despise our enemies with a passion unlike any other the world has ever seen . . . but we're also just as passionate about our friends. You said something in another thread about wondering why the U.S. didn't start something like the Marshall Plan in 1990. To be quite honest, and admitting my ignorance, I didn't realize Poland needed or asked for our help in 1990. But we can make up for it now.

Us conservatives are in control of the U.S. now. We don't play games and we don't turn our backs on our friends. Help us to help you and your country and you'll be amazed at the power of my fellow FReepers.

45 posted on 04/05/2003 3:11:59 PM PST by geedee
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To: geedee
Thank you .... freepers don't fail me now : )
46 posted on 04/05/2003 3:29:20 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: MikalM
Just sent them a nice thank-you for their support during this war -- AND for sending us heroes like Pulaski and Kociuszko during our own "war of national liberation" back in the day.

And all those pretty bridges in Queens and Jersey!

47 posted on 04/05/2003 4:24:20 PM PST by Timesink (When was the last time YOU remembered we're on Code Orange?)
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There is Pulaski street in the city I was raised in ( New York) and a Pulaski Highway in the city I now reside (Baltimore).

You can tell the consulate America is aware of the contributions of its Polish friends.
48 posted on 04/05/2003 4:34:14 PM PST by catonsville (cx;)
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To: doug from upland
University of Warsaw
June 15, 2001
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Mr. President, thank you very much for your gracious hospitality that you and your wife have shown Laura and me. Mr. Prime Minister, members of the government, distinguished members of the clergy, distinguished citizens, and this important friend of America, students, Mr. Rector, than you very much for your warm greeting.

It's a great honor for me to visit this great city -- a city that breathes with confidence, creativity and success of modern Poland.

Like all nations, Poland still faces challenges. But I am confident you'll meet them with the same optimistic spirit a visitor feels on Warsaw's streets and sees in the city's fast-changing skyline. We find evidence of this energy and enterprise surrounding us right now in this magnificent building. And you can hear it in the air. Today's own -- Poland's orchestra called Golec's -- (laughter and applause) -- is telling the world, "on that wheat field, I'm gonna build my San Francisco; over that molehill, I'm gonna build my bank." (Laughter and applause.)

Americans recognize that kind of optimism and ambition -- because we share it. We are linked to Poland by culture and heritage, kinship and common values.

Polish glass makers built and operated the New World's first factory in Jamestown, Virginia in 1608. Seeking the right to vote, those same Poles also staged the New World's first labor strike. They succeeded. (Laughter.) It seems the Poles have been keeping the world honest for a long period of time.

Some of the most courageous moments of the 20th century took place in this nation. Here, in 1943, the world saw the heroic effort and revolt of the Warsaw Ghetto; a year later, the 63 days of the Warsaw Uprising; and then the reduction of this city to rubble because it chose to resist evil.

Here communism was humbled by the largest citizens' movement in history, and by the iron purpose and moral vision of a single man: Pope John Paul II. Here Polish workers, led by an electrician from Gdansk, made the sparks that would electrify half a continent. Poland revealed to the world that its Soviet rulers, however brutal and powerful, were ultimately defenseless against determined men and women armed only with their conscience and their faith.

Here you have proven that communism need not be followed by chaos, that great oppression can end in true reconciliation, and that the promise of freedom is stronger than the habit of fear.

In all these events, we have seen the character of the Polish people, and the hand of God in your history. Modern Poland is just beginning to contribute to the wealth of Europe -- yet, for decades, you have contributed to Europe's soul and spiritual strength. And all who believe in the power of conscience and culture are in your debt.

Today, I have come to the center of Europe to speak of the future of Europe. Some still call this "the East" -- but Warsaw is closer to Ireland than it is to the Urals. And it is time to put talk of East and West behind us.

Yalta did not ratify a natural divide, it divided a living civilization. The partition of Europe was not a fact of geography, it was an act of violence. And wise leaders for decades have found the hope of European peace in the hope of greater unity. In the same speech that described an "iron curtain," Winston Churchill called for "a new unity in Europe, from which no nation should be permanently outcast."

Consider how far we have come since that speech. Through trenches and shell-fire, through death camps and bombed-out cities, through gulags and food lines men and women have dreamed of what my father called a Europe "whole and free." This free Europe is no longer a dream. It is the Europe that is rising around us. It is the work that you and I are called on to complete.

We can build an open Europe -- a Europe without Hitler and Stalin, without Brezhnev and Honecker and Ceaucescu and, yes, without Milosevic.

Our goal is to erase the false lines -- our goal is to erase the false lines that have divided Europe for too long. The future of every European nation must be determined by the progress of internal reform, not the interests of outside powers. Every European nation that struggles toward democracy and free markets and a strong civic culture must be welcomed into Europe's home.

All of Europe's new democracies, from the Baltic to the Black Sea and all that lie between, should have the same chance for security and freedom -- and the same chance to join the institutions of Europe -- as Europe's old democracies have.

I believe in NATO membership for all of Europe's democracies that seek it and are ready to share the responsibilities that NATO brings. (Applause.) The question of "when" may still be up for debate within NATO; the question of "whether" should not be. As we plan to enlarge NATO, no nation should be used as a pawn in the agendas of others. We will not trade away the fate of free European peoples. No more Munichs. No more Yaltas. (Applause.) Let us tell all those who have struggled to build democracy and free markets what we have told the Poles: from now on, what you build, you keep. No one can take away your freedom or your country. (Applause.)

Next year, NATO's leaders will meet in Prague. The United States will be prepared to make concrete, historic decisions with its allies to advance NATO enlargement. Poland and America share a vision. As we plan the Prague Summit, we should not calculate how little we can get away with, but how much we can do to advance the cause of freedom. (Applause.)

The expansion of NATO has fulfilled NATO's promise. And that promise now leads eastward and southward, northward and onward.

I want to thank Poland for acting as a bridge to the new democracies of Europe, and a champion of the interests and security of your neighbors, such as the Baltic states, Ukraine, Slovakia. You are making real the words: "For your freedom and ours."

All nations should understand that there is no conflict between membership in NATO and membership in the European Union. My nation welcomes the consolidation of European unity, and the stability it brings. We welcome a greater role for the EU in European security, properly integrated with NATO. We welcome the incentive for reform that the hope of EU membership creates. We welcome a Europe that is truly united, truly democratic, and truly diverse -- a collection of peoples and nations bound together in purpose and respect, and faithful to their own roots.

The most basic commitments of NATO and the European Union are similar: democracy, free markets, and common security. And all in Europe and America understand the central lesson of the century past. When Europe and America are divided, history tends to tragedy. When Europe and America are partners, no trouble or tyranny can stand against us.

Our vision of Europe must also include the Balkans. Unlike the people of Poland, many people and leaders in Southeast Europe made the wrong choices in the last decade. There, communism fell, but dictators exploited a murderous nationalism to cling to power and to conquer new land. Twice NATO had to intervene militarily to stop the killing and defend the values that define a new Europe.

Today, instability remains and there are still those who seek to undermine the fragile peace that holds. We condemn those, like the sponsors of violence in Macedonia, who seek to subvert democracy. But we've made progress. We see democratic change in Zagreb and Belgrade; moderate governments in Bosnia; multi-ethnic police in Kosovo; the end to violence in southern Serbia. For the first time in history, all governments in the region are democratic, committed to cooperating with one another, and predisposed to join Europe.

Across the region, nations are yearning to be a part of Europe. The burdens -- and benefits -- of satisfying that yearning will naturally fall most heavily on Europe, itself. That is why I welcome Europe's commitment to play a leading role in the stabilization of Southeastern Europe. Countries other than the United States already provide over 80 percent of the NATO-led forces in the region. But I know that America's role is important, and we will meet our obligations. We went into the Balkans together, and we will come out together. And our goal must be to hasten the arrival of that day. (Applause.)

The Europe we are building must include Ukraine, a nation struggling with the trauma of transition. Some in Kiev speak of their country's European destiny. If this is their aspiration, we should reward it. We must extend our hand to Ukraine, as Poland has already done with such determination.

The Europe we are building must also be open to Russia. We have a stake in Russia's success -- and we look for the day when Russia is fully reformed, fully democratic and closely bound to the rest of Europe. Europe's great institutions -- NATO and the European Union -- can and should build partnerships with Russia and with all the countries that have emerged from the wreckage of the former Soviet Union.

Tomorrow, I will see President Putin, and express my hopes for a Russia that is truly great -- a greatness measured by the strength of its democracy, the good treatment of minorities and the achievements of its people.

I will express to President Putin that Russia is part of Europe and, therefore, does not need a buffer zone of insecure states separating it from Europe. NATO, even as it grows, is no enemy of Russia. Poland is no enemy of Russia. America is no enemy of Russia. (Applause.) We will seek a constructive relationship with Russia, for the benefit of all our peoples.

I will make the case, as I have to all the European leaders I have met on this trip, that the basis for our mutual security must move beyond Cold War doctrines. Today, we face growing threats from weapons of mass destruction and missiles in the hands of states for whom terror and blackmail are a way of life. So we must have a broad strategy of active non-proliferation; counter-proliferation; and a new concept of deterrence that includes defenses sufficient to protect our people, our forces, and our allies; as well as reduced reliance on nuclear weapons.

And, finally, I'll make clear to President Putin that the path to greater prosperity and greater security lies in greater freedom. The 20th century has taught us that only freedom gets the highest service from every citizen -- citizens who can publish, citizens who can worship, citizens who can organize for themselves -- without fear of intimidation, and with the full protection of the law.

This, after all, is the true source of European unity. Ultimately, it's more than the unity of markets. It is more than the unity of interests. It is a unity of values.

Through a hard history, with all its precedents of pain, Europe has come to believe in the dignity of every individual: in social freedom, tempered by moral restraint; in economic liberty, balanced with humane values.

"The revolutions of 1989," said Pope John Paul II, "were made possible by the commitment of brave men and women inspired by a different, and ultimately more profound and powerful, vision: the vision of man as a creature of intelligence and free will, immersed in a mystery which transcends his own being and endowed with the ability to reflect and the ability to choose -- and thus capable of wisdom and virtue."

This belief successfully challenged communism. It challenges materialism in all its forms. Just as man cannot be reduced to a means of production, he must find goals greater than mere consumption. The European ideal is inconsistent with a life defined by gain and greed and the lonely pursuit of self. It calls for consideration and respect, compassion and forgiveness -- the habits of character on which the exercise of freedom depends.

And all these duties, and all these rights are ultimately traced to a source of law and justice above our wills and beyond our politics -- an author of our dignity, who calls us to act worthy of our dignity.

This belief is more than a memory, it is a living faith. And it is the main reason Europe and America will never be separated. We are products of the same history, reaching from Jerusalem and Athens to Warsaw and Washington. We share more than an alliance. We share a civilization. Its values are universal, and they pervade our history and our partnership in a unique way.

These trans-Atlantic ties could not be severed by U-boats. They could not be cut by checkpoints and barbed wire. They were not ended by SS-20s and nuclear blackmail. And they certainly will not be broken by commercial quarrels and political debates. America will not permit it. Poland will not allow it. (Applause.)

This unity of values and aspiration calls us to new tasks. Those who have benefited and prospered most from the commitment to freedom and openness have an obligation to help others that are seeking their way along that path. That is why our trans-Atlantic community must have priorities beyond the consolidation of European peace.

We must bring peace and health to Africa -- a neighbor to Europe, a heritage to many Americans, a continent in crisis, and a place of enormous potential. We must work together to shut down the arms trafficking that fuels Africa's wars; fight the spread of AIDS that may make 40 million children into orphans; and help all of Africa share in the trade and promise of the modern world.

We must work toward a world that trades in freedom -- a world where prosperity is available to all through the power of markets; a world where open trade spurs the process of economic and legal reform; a world of cooperation to enhance prosperity, protect the environment, and lift the quality of life for all.

We must confront the shared security threats of regimes that thrive by creating instability, that are ambitious for weapons of mass destruction, and are dangerously unpredictable. In Europe, you're closer to these challenges than the United States. You see the lightning well before we hear the thunder. Only together, however, can we confront the emerging threats of a changing world.

Fifty years ago, all Europe looked to the United States for help. Ten years ago, Poland did, as well. Now, we and others can only go forward together. The question no longer is what others can do for Poland, but what America and Poland and all of Europe can do for the rest of the world. (Applause.)

In the early 1940s, Winston Churchill saw beyond a world war and a Cold War to a greater project: "Let the great cities of Warsaw and Prague and Vienna banish despair even in the midst of their agony," he said. "Their liberation is sure. The day will come when the joy bells will ring again throughout Europe, and when victorious nations, masters not only of their foes but of themselves, will plan and build in justice, in tradition, and in freedom a house of many mansions where there will be room for all."

To his contemporaries who lived in a Europe of division and violence, this vision must have seemed unimaginable. Yet, our fathers -- yours and mine -- struggled and sacrificed to make this vision real. Now it is within our grasp. Today, a new generation makes a new commitment: a Europe and an America bound in a great alliance of liberty -- history's greatest united force for peace and progress and human dignity. The bells of victory have rung. The Iron Curtain is no more. Now, we plan and build the house of freedom -- whose doors are open to all of Europe's peoples and whose windows look out to global challenges beyond. Our progress is great, our goals are large, and our differences, in comparison, are small. (Applause.) And America, in calm and in crisis, will honor this vision and the values we share.

Poland, in so many ways, is a symbol of renewal and common purpose. More than half a century ago, from this spot, all one could see was a desert of ruins. Hardly did a single unbroken brick touch another. This city had been razed by the Nazis and betrayed by the Soviets. Its people were mostly displaced.

Not far from here is the only monument which survived. It is the figure of Christ falling under the cross and struggling to rise. Under him are written the words: "Sursum corda" -- "lift up your hearts."

From the determination in Polish hearts, Warsaw did rise again, brick by brick. Poland has regained its rightful place at the heart of a new Europe and is helping other nations to find their own.

"Lift up your hearts" is the story of Poland. "Lift up your hearts" is the story of a new Europe. And, together, let us raise this hope of freedom for all who seek it in our world.

God bless.

49 posted on 04/05/2003 4:39:05 PM PST by patriciaruth
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How about hitting the Polish restaurants in town (if you're in a large city like Cleveland or New York) and tellin' 'em you're there because you think so much of Poland!
50 posted on 04/05/2003 4:40:01 PM PST by Herodotus
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