Category Archives: Poland

Polish Trumpians

There is increasing evidence that the Trump phenomenon is sweeping the world. In France, Marine Le Pen, heads a political party that wants to make France great again, and right wing anti-Muslim fanatics are gaining ground in Germany, and already  control Hungary. Poland for decades was led by political leaders seeking to create a modern democracy. But, Jaroslaww Kaczynski of the Justice Party wants to make Poland great again, by going backward in time.Since becoming president last year, he has instituted control over public TV and radio stations to ensure they  present the “truth”–as he defines it. Cultural groups such as theater of museums or art galleries only receive funding if they offer traditional pieces reflecting Poland’s cultural heritage. That means, furthering the Catholic church, opposing abortions, and, naturally, hating Muslims.

Ironically, the Justice party hates the European Union even though Poland has received $64 billion during the past five years to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. As always, workers vote to support these right wing parties even though the end result is worse conditions for workers.

The Poles Are Coming

Thee is some good news from Europe and some bad news for any member of ISIS or any other of those so-called terrorist groups in the Middle East. The Polish government has now made clear that Polish soldiers will soon be battling in the Middle East and when a Polack grabs  a gun, just watch out if you are a terrorist. As someone who is half-Polish, let me inform any Muslim who tries to take out we Poles, that you are signing your death warrant!

We Poles worked in coal mines, we worked in steel plants, we took any dirty, filthy job in order to put food on the table. Check out any famous American gang and you will discover some Polish names. And, you ISIS jerks, just remember that we Poles fight to win, and the only rule we follow is there are no rules– just victory!  You  ISIS jerks have been warned!

Polish Government Acts Like Poles

The history of Poland has been a series of defeats by other nations with an occasional period when some form of democracy was in place. After the end of Communist rule in Poland, its people were able to enter the European Union and enjoy the benefits of a democratic society.  The Polish economy took off and standards of living increased for all people. The press finally enjoyed opportunities to engage in the open discussion of ideas. Within a few years Poland became a model of  how dictatorship could be replaced by democracy.

Alas, that is no longer true. A Conservative political party emphasized in the last election that it was committed to democracy. It lied.The new government which is dominated by Jaroslav Kaczynski has taken control of the Constitutional Court, curbed freedom of speech and places its people in control of television and radio programs.

A sad day for the Polish people.

From 1914 To 2014

We are gradually working our way to the anniversary of the beginning of World War I back in 1914. The actual conflict began when the son of the Emperor of Austria Hungary was murdered by a young man named, Princip who believed the Slavic people were being persecuted and had to stand up for their rights. The actual scenario resulting in war took about eight weeks to unfold as nations warned one another about getting their armies ready for war. No one actually believed the road being taken was the road to war since diplomats were talking with one another and the thought that the end result would be war appeared too crazy to even consider. British Foreign Secretary William Hague warned the Russian government it had to end the attempt to make the Crimea part of Russia. Even as he spoke, thousands of Russians were cheering in the streets about the need to aid their Slavic brothers in the Crimea against oppression by Western Fascists. Most probably the Russian people support actions by their president.

Putin feels powerful sending troops into the Crimea knowing he has control over atomic weapons of destruction and he just wants to dare the West to oppose him. He also has control over oil and gas supplies that are needed by Western European nations. In the summer of 1914, the Russian government did not believe Germany would actually go to war over someone getting shot. The road to war just seemed to get shorter and shorter as nations threatened the use of force. William Hague warned of “the real danger of a shooting conflict.”

Is this a repeat scenario??

Poland To the Fore?

Historically Poland, was an area in Europe which continually for the past two hundred years was divided up by its neighbors and only gained a sense of having its own government in post Word War I. Even that nation was divided between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia in 1939. After WWII, a new Poland was created and soon fell under the control of the Soviet Union. It was not until the end of communism in Russia that Poland became a “nation” able to conduct its own affairs. Entering the European Union during the 1990s enabled Poland to become a nation that had power and voice in foreign affairs. The current Ukraine crisis has allowed Poland to become a leader. It has strongly supported the Ukranian rebels who thew out former President Yanukovych and now provides political and economic aid to Ukraine. Poland has also brought together nations that formerly were under control of Communist Russia–Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic into the Visegrad Group.

The Visegrad Group has been the most aggressive force within the European Union demanding a strong response to Vladimir Putin. It has made clear that unless Putin enters negotiations with Ukraine “within a limited time frame work” then additional punitive action will be taken against Russia such as freezing assets or bans on travel or other economic sanctions. Poles have not forgotten how Russia bullied them for years and now they are prepared to give the Russians a taste of their own medicine!!

Future For Youth?

Four years ago in most European nations young people were hopeful that with further education there would be ample opportunities to secure a good job.Today, the unemployment rate in Spain or Greece is over 50% for young people with scant prospect of changes during the coming decade of their life. Stylia Kampani, now works as an unpaid intern for an important Athens newspaper. What happens after the end of her internship is unknown. “None of my friends believes that we have a futureor will live a normal life. That wasn’t quite the case four years ago.” She is now part of a lost generation which is doomed to low wages, uncertan job security and loss of control over individual lives. European nations have not learned the lesson of America’s Depression when the federal government created jobs for youth like the CCC. It funded the theater, opera, symphony orchestras and provided many job opportunities in society.

Germany recruits some  skilled workers from Greece or Spain. In the UK anger is directed at immigrants because the government has done nothing to offer youth a chance for the future. Oh, it has tripled the cost of college. Youth needs to go beyond protest and organize political parties which pledge to create jobs, and, in so doing create hope. If governments refuse to act to create jobs, the end result will be emergence of neo-fascist political parties based on hate an violence.

Modern Nazi Lovers??

World War II ended 68 years ago and left in its wake not only over forty million dead people, but millions of survivors who would never forget what the German people did in Europe. This March, German TV introduced a miniseries called “Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater,” which means, “Our Mothers, Our Fathers.” The series describes lives of ordinary Germans who lived through the Holocaust that swept through Europe. Most Germans apparently enjoyed seeing film about World War II that depicts ordinary “innocent Germans” just trying to get along. However, many in Poland-three million Poles died– have a different take on the series. The Polish magazine, UwazamRze, concludes the series is simply an attempt to prove that Germans were “victims” of Hitler, not the perpetrators of horror.

In one scene a Jew who is in Poland has to hide his Jewish identity from anti-Semitic Polish resistance fighters. Polish commentators regard this idea as having “nothing to do with historial reality.” Sorry, it is historically valid and the evidence is overwhelming. Perhaps, Poles would like to deny murdering hundreds of Jews AFTER the war ended!

There are decent people who were in Germany and decent people who were in Poland, it was a horror and it cannot be changed. Portraying Chancellor Merkel in a Concentration Camp picture is not funny. It is sad

He Once Was Great

His name is Lech Walesa and once upon a time he was a hero to people of Poland and to the people of the world. Millions in Europe regarded him as a brave warrior in the fight for human rights. At a time when the Soviet Union dominated his  nation, Mr.Walesa openly defied Communist brutality and, he himself, endured beatings and torture. He joined with Catholic leaders of his nation to organize workers in shipyards and to demand an end of tyranny. Mr. Walesa played a key role in ending communism in Poland and leading his nation into a new world in which respect for the dignity of all was central to life.

Yesterday, this brave warrior for peace informed gay people in his country they were not entitled to equal rights, heck, they were not entitled to any rights. As  he put it, “a minority should not impose itself on the majority.” Lech Walesa is now an elderly man. Let us remember the fighter for equal rights, not the man of 2013.

US Troops In Europe-Why?

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago there was something termed a Cold War between the Soviet Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance. The assumption was there was need for American troops in Europe in order to make clear to Soviet leaders that an attack on West Europe would involve an attic on the United States of America. In 1991, the nation then known as the Soviet Union, collapsed and ceased to exist. The current Russian army would encounter problems fighting Georgia-as it did. The question of the hour is-why are there American forces in Western Europe?

The Cold War ended two decades ago. There is NO  threat from the East. There is NO threat from Russia. Ami, it is time to pack up and Go Home! It is time to end relics from the past.

Ukraine Has Become A Lost Nation

President Viktor Yanukovych has become the latest petty tyrant on the block who refuses to accept basic human rights in his nation. After defeating former President Yula Tymonshenko, the Viktor decided to introduce a new concept in political change. Charge your opponent of violating the law by supporting a law that you don’t like. He placed Ms. Tymoshenko on trial charging that she signed into law a law that was wrong.

Gee, if we followed that concept, George Bush would be doing a forty year sentence right now. Polish leader Jaroslaw Kaczynki is calling for canceling the football championship which was to be held in Kiev and sending it to Warsaw. He charged Yanukovych with “flagrant human rights violations in the Ukraine.”

Heck, Angela Merkel and even Vladimir Putin agree on this one. BOYCOTT UKRAINE should be the new slogan.