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ShotaroPL #1 Posted 01 September 2014 - 06:43 AM

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“To die for Danzig” is a phrase that symbolizes the attitude of Western Europe to the war that broke out 75 years ago. Three times, France and the United Kingdom gave the green light to the German dictator. Neither the Anschluss, nor the occupation of the Sudetenland, nor the dismantling of Czechoslovakia resulted in any serious consequences for Hitler and his state. And when on September 1, 1939, as a logical continuation  of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the first shots rang out in Danzig (Gdańsk), the Western powers could decide only on a “phony war.” Thus, they gave Hitler the green light for the fourth time, thinking they would save their own lives at the price of Danzig. The next capital on the list to be occupied was Paris, and then, soon after, the bombs fell on London. Only then did the cries begin: “Stop,” and “Never again!”

This selfish and shortsighted policy of the Europeans toward the aggressor must not be repeated again. However, the recent evolution of the world situation and the sudden heightening of tensions strangely resemble the year 1939. Russia, the aggressor state, is occupying a part of its smaller neighbor — the Crimea. The army and special services of President Putin, operating mostly incognito in the east of Ukraine, are supporting groups that terrorize the local population and are openly threatening invasion.

There is, however, a new element as compared to 1939: in recent years the aggressor has succeeded in attracting into the orbit of its interests many politicians and business people while its Western partners continue to believe in its “human face.” The lobby that was formed has influenced and continues to influence the policies of numerous countries. This policy is described as “Russia first” and even “Russia only.” Now it has collapsed and Europe urgently needs a new Ostpolitik.

Therefore, we are issuing an urgent appeal to our fellow Europeans and their governments:

1. François Hollande, president of the French Republic, and his government are attempting to take a step that would be far worse that France’s passivity in 1939. In the weeks ahead, France is set to become the only European country to help the aggressor: it intends  to deliver to Putin’s Russia two brand new Mistral helicopter carrier warships. The cooperation on this matter began in 2010, and generated many protests even then. Nicolas Sarkozy, the president at the time, used to cut off all discussion by repeating “the Cold War is over.” Now, open war is truly taking place. Therefore, there is no reason to honor old commitments. Several politicians and Bernard-Henri Lévy have proposed that France sell its ships either to NATO or to the European Union. If President Hollande does not change his mind, the citizens of Europe should convince him by boycotting French products.

2. The Federal Republic of Germany, since 1982, has begun to depend increasingly on Russian gas. Even  at that time, Polish intellectuals, including Czeslaw Milosz and Leszek Kolakowksi, warned  against the installation of new pipelines, calling them potential “instruments of blackmail” against Europe. Successive presidents of the Polish Republic, from Aleksander Kwasniewski to Lech Kaczynski, also issued the same warning at different times. But German politicians, either because of the famous German guilt complex, or believing in the “Russian economic miracle” and hoping to profit from it, greatly appreciated the cooperation with Russian power. At the same time, they continued, possibly unconsciously, the unfortunate German tradition of carrying on discussions with only one partner in the East —  Russia. In recent years, the companies owned by the Russian state or its oligarchs increasingly have been established in Germany, whether in the field of energy resources, the world of soccer, or the tourism sector. Germany must put a stop to this kind of dependence, which always conceals political pressure.

3. All Europeans and each country individually should become involved in actions to support imperiled  Ukraine. Hundred of refugees from the eastern territories of Ukraine and Crimea are in need of humanitarian assistance. Its economy has been devastated by years of a draconian contract with Gazprom, which holds a monopoly on energy resources and which imposes on Ukraine, its most destitute client, the highest rate possible The Ukrainian economy is in dire need of emergency assistance, new business partners and new investors. The spheres of culture, media and civic initiatives, which are dynamic and of extraordinary richness, also need support.

4. For many years, the European Union has made it clear to Ukraine that it had no chance either to become a member or to receive anything other than symbolic assistance. The policy of the “Eastern Partnership” has not changed much in this respect. The question arises if perhaps this solution was considered as a lesser evil. However, overnight all these questions have taken on their own dynamic, due largely to the determination of Ukrainian democrats. For the first time in history, the citizens of a country were dying under bullets with the European flag in their hands. If Europe does not show any solidarity with them now, it will mean that the ideals of liberty and fraternity inherited from the French Revolution no longer mean anything to it.

Ukraine has the right to defend both its territory and its citizens and to respond to external aggression by using its police forces and its army, including in the regions bordering with Russia. After all, since 1991, stable peace has reigned both in the Donetsk region and in the entire country. There was no violent conflict, and no conflict on the issue of minority rights. Vladimir Putin, releasing the demons of war and testing a new type of war, has transformed Ukraine into a military training area in the image of the Spanish Civil War, where fascist units supported by Hitler’s Germany attacked the young republic. Those who will not tell Putin today “no pasarán!” (“They shall not pass!”) expose the European Union and its values to ridicule, while agreeing to the destabilization of the world order.

Nobody knows who will lead Russia in three years. It is unclear what will happen to the current ruling elite, the one that is leading this reckless policy that is contrary to the interests of its own people. However, one thing is certain: those who continue “business as usual” are risking new deaths of thousands of Ukrainians and Russians, the exodus of hundreds of thousands of new refugees, as well as new imperialist attacks by Putin against  new countries. Yesterday Danzig, today Donetsk : we must not accept an open bleeding wound in Europe for years to come.

Gdańsk, September 1, 2014

Signed by:

Władysław Bartoszewski
Jacek Dehnel
Inga Iwasiów
Ignacy Karpowicz
Wojciech Kuczok
Dorota Masłowska
Zbigniew Mentzel
Tomasz Różycki
Janusz Rudnicki
Piotr Sommer
Andrzej Stasiuk
Olga Tokarczuk
Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki
Magdalena Tulli
Agata Tuszyńska
Szczepan Twardoch
Andrzej Wajda
Kazimierz Wóycicki
Krystyna Zachwatowicz

 

Translated from French by Anna Mostovych

 

http://euromaidanpress.com/2014/08/30/appeal-of-polish-intellectuals-to-the-citizens-and-governments-of-europe/ - You can share this link if you want


Edited by ShotaroPL, 01 September 2014 - 11:58 AM.


Carantanien #2 Posted 01 September 2014 - 08:47 AM

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Yea bring democracy to those pesky russian aggresors, like we brought it to lybia, pakistan, siria, iraq, afganistan etc. Just look at those countries how are they full of peace, love and joy now.

And please more weapoooooooooons for IS, they will bring democracy toooooo

 

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Cobra6 #3 Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:12 AM

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Don't know why you are being negrepped (fixed that for you) but there it truth in what you posted for sure.

 

The EU is moving itself into an impossible position by being reliant on things like Russian gas because whenever they will put sanctions on Russia that country will just increase the gas price or close the tap.

 

It's like with oil from the middle East. You can't punish a country if you are relying on it for your daily life. A 4 year old could work that out.

 

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ShotaroPL #4 Posted 01 September 2014 - 09:13 AM

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Carantanien you compare situation in democratic Ukraine with Middle East countries? seriously? :facepalm:

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View PostShotaroPL, on 01 September 2014 - 09:13 AM, said:

Carantanien you compare situation in democratic Ukraine with Middle East countries? seriously? :facepalm:

 

So you are saying that the people in the Middle East are less important than those in Ukraine?

And democratic? I like how they tore down the democratically elected government and the junta took power.


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ShotaroPL #6 Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:01 AM

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View PostUbertoaster, on 01 September 2014 - 10:45 AM, said:

 

So you are saying that the people in the Middle East are less important than those in Ukraine?

 

 what? never thinking that. I mean that are completely different situations and reasons, and i dont know why world now only looking for this barbarism in Siria and Iraq and did nothing. Btw this two situations (Ukraine, Middle East and Israel-Palestine conflict) in one time - seems to me very dangerous.

 

 

 


Edited by ShotaroPL, 01 September 2014 - 10:16 AM.


elFred #7 Posted 01 September 2014 - 10:48 AM

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Crap 1st two paragraphs ,it's awfully biased.

Just take into account the huge amount of casualties France had during WWI (about 1/3 of the men aged between 18 and 28 year were killed).  

It's obvious after such losses you are reluctant to start another war.

 

I expect people pretending to "intellectual" to have a bit more knowledge it's no like there is no books about this period.

 

And concerning the Ukrainians  ,I don't care.

Part of my polish family used to live during WWII near the Ukrainian border should I remember what the Ukrainians have done ?

 

 

 



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View PostShotaroPL, on 01 September 2014 - 10:01 AM, said:

 I mean that are completely different situations and reasons

 

Same reasons lad: destabilize the government which does not want to submit (to bend) to the west and capture of natural resources, energy companies, etc.

There is no secret that west wants Siberia. "Siberia is too large and rich to belong to one country" - well known words of former U.S. Secretary of State.



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View PostelFred, on 01 September 2014 - 11:48 AM, said:

And concerning the Ukrainians  ,I don't care.

Part of my polish family used to live during WWII near the Ukrainian border should I remember what the Ukrainians have done ?

 

you definitely should remember that, i have family there too, but i don't want war in neighboring country, no matter what a country it is.


Edited by ShotaroPL, 01 September 2014 - 11:08 AM.


Danger__UXB #10 Posted 01 September 2014 - 11:57 AM

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At the moment in the EU we have an un-elected so called government that is incrementally laying down the laws in countries it has never been to (Started with the 'Club of Rome documents' circa 1968) and has been

progressing since..Backed up by the 'Rothschild controlled world bank..A bank in which every country in the world owes money to in the way of loans etc. Exept Russia and North Korea

 

This so called government is hand in hand with the US spreading 'Democracy' by dropping 'Love bombs' on innocent people for the last 15yrs...First to gain control of the middle east and its resources and so now it turns 

to putin and his gas feilds/Resources

 

The methods are usually ..

 

1. Try to give them loans through diplomatic channels etc....If that fails?..

 

2.Try to stage a public uprising to overthrow those in power.....If that fails?..

 

3. use force...

 

Why loans you say??....This is a good means of controlling a country and its resources (Which in some cases is most of the countrys GDP) to the point that all the countrys wealth is sold off cheap and the country is left to starve..

 

I myself am very patriotic and love my country as you do but please just be aware that there is more to meets the eye than what the western propaganda tells you..And for your information i say this with no bias...I am from England.

 

Cub of Rome...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_of_Rome    ...http://www.clubofrome.org/?cat=45

 

If you look at this interview with an EX-Economic hitman it will tell you morehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTbdnNgqfs8



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View PostShotaroPL, on 01 September 2014 - 12:06 PM, said:

 

you definitely should remember that, i have family there too, but i don't want war in neighboring country, no matter what a country it is.

 

Can't disagree with you.

 

When I can understand the Russian concerning Crimea (from a strategic perspective) I fail to see the point for Russia to be involved in the current conflict (from the same perspective) 

To me this war is more a Putin PR stunt he need to keep Russian people focused on everything but the state of Russia economy.


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ShotaroPL #12 Posted 03 September 2014 - 09:28 PM

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According to AFP, which relies on the French diplomatic source, France has responded to pressure from the international community and decided to stay until November to provide Russia's first of two Mistral Mistral helicopter carrier ships.

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macholibre #13 Posted 04 September 2014 - 02:17 AM

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lol lets start a war to prevent a war

 







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