Skip to comments.Poland is beset by Russian revanchism, Western decadence, and dangers from within
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 Polands eagerness to strengthen military ties with the United States.
This also explains Polands frustration with the European Unions 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 EUs 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 ...
Poland needs the EU like Justice Kavanaugh needs a date with Dianne Feinstein.
Add the pressure from the US and Israel strangely mentioned in the last part of the article. As usual Poland can trust to nobody.
Yeah I agree. I don’t think they are wrong in their assessment of their role in the Holocaust.
One example -- though I don't know why Austria is included there...
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