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Poland is beset by Russian revanchism, Western decadence, and dangers from within
Washington Examiner ^ | Sep 2018 | Stephen White

Posted on 10/08/2018 3:26:15 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege

Poland is striving, in a stumbling and halting way, to maintain its identity, an identity that is both European and inextricably Catholic. To do that, it must avoid the twin pitfalls of Russian revanchism and Western cultural decadence.

The Russian occupation of Crimea and continued fighting in Ukraine are taken with deadly seriousness in Warsaw. Polish distrust of Russia, now and in the past, explain Poland’s eagerness to strengthen military ties with the United States.

This also explains Poland’s frustration with the European Union’s dependence on Russian energy, a frustration President Trump shares.

Tugging at Poland from the West is the EU...There is tremendous pressure for Poland to accept, along with EU funding and economic benefits, the EU’s commitments to legal abortion, gay marriage, and the other tenets of lifestyle libertinism. Poles are, so far, not buying.

What good would it do for Poland to seek material security in the arms of the EU only to lose its Catholic soul to decadence and its culture to an influx of unassimilated immigrants?

The Catholic bishops of Poland have spoken against the dangers of nativism and about the importance of patriotism and perils of nationalism. But the bishops have also, with few exceptions, become worryingly cozy with the current ruling party....When the political winds shift, and they always do, it could leave the church vulnerable to charges of hypocrisy and opportunism.

Earlier this year, Poland passed a law making it a crime to implicate the Polish nation in the Holocaust. Apart from inviting charges of anti-Semitism, the law was a blundering attempt to enlist the power of the state in defending a revisionist history...The law was eventually amended, but that episode was a reminder that Poland still has the capacity to be its own worst enemy.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: History; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: angelamerkel; antipope; eu; europeanunion; germany; homosexualagenda; nato; poland; popefrancis; romancatholicism; russia; wheresberlinfreeper
Ultimately, Poland’s future will depend not only on navigating the challenges posed by its neighbors, but on its leadership’s willingness and ability to avoid the kind of parochialism and petty insecurities that could endanger it from within.
1 posted on 10/08/2018 3:26:15 PM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Poland needs the EU like Justice Kavanaugh needs a date with Dianne Feinstein.


2 posted on 10/08/2018 3:28:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj ("It's Slappin' Time !")
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The best course for Poland is to pursue Piłsudski’s dream of “Intermarium”.
3 posted on 10/08/2018 3:30:24 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

4 posted on 10/08/2018 5:03:18 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (and btw -- https://www.gofundme.com/for-rotator-cuff-repair-surgery)
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To: CondoleezzaProtege

Add the pressure from the US and Israel strangely mentioned in the last part of the article. As usual Poland can trust to nobody.


5 posted on 10/13/2018 2:03:30 AM PDT by Lukasz
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To: Lukasz

Yeah I agree. I don’t think they are wrong in their assessment of their role in the Holocaust.


6 posted on 10/13/2018 7:35:11 AM PDT by CondoleezzaProtege
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