Poland Prepares for War

 

The Polish government has set a goal of becoming the largest military force in Western Europe. Hard lessons were learned in WWII with the German and Russian occupation of Poland. The Russian occupation ended in the 1990s.

The Russian seizure of Crimea and the current threat to Ukraine has Poland worried. Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic States are worried as well. Norway, the Baltic States, and Poland are members of NATO. Sweden has a mutual military assistance pact with the United States. US armed forces, including the US Air Force, conduct training exercises with Finland’s armed forces.

Poland plans to increase the size of its full-time armed forces as well as training reserves for guerilla warfare. They pay their full contribution to NATO and are purchasing Javelins, F-35s, and will soon have the largest armored forces in Western Europe. Plans are in place to purchase new attack helicopters to replace their older obsolete Russian helicopters.

Poland is involved in hybrid warfare with Putin’s poodle, Lukashenko of Belarus. Russia is planning military training exercises with Belarus near the Polish border. Belarus, with Putin’s blessing, has been trying to destabilize Poland by importing Middle Eastern immigrants to Belarus and then trying to push them into Poland.

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  1. kedavis Member
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    I wish Poland had nukes.

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  2. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Poland is easy to root for.

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  3. kedavis Member
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    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Poland is easy to root for.

    They actually still support Reagan and what he stood for.  Unlike some people we know.

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  4. Front Seat Cat Member
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    My sister called me to talk about Ukraine. We’re of Ukrainian descent and of course Putin sees a weak US president in office and has been making his plans. Very concerned – for Ukraine and the rest of both Eastern and Western Europe.  These moves are also prophetic. Please read other things that have happened in recent weeks at Inside the Vatican:

    https://insidethevatican.com/news/newsflash/letter-10-2022-friday-jan-7-orthodoxy/

     

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  5. Doug Watt Moderator
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Dr. Bastiat (View Comment):

    Poland is easy to root for.

    They actually still support Reagan and what he stood for. Unlike some people we know.

    Poland has not forgotten Reagan, Thatcher, and how they supported Pope John Paul II in his efforts to support the Solidarity Movement. President Reagan asked Americans to place a candle in their windows to support Poland’s desire for freedom. My mom placed a candle in the front window of their home in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    Ronald Reagan was not averse to symbolism, of the right kind. The old actor was certainly not averse to a little theater.

    In the second week of December 1981, the Communist dictatorship in Poland declared martial law. In Washington, the Polish ambassador defected to us. He asked President Reagan to light a candle in a White House window on Christmas Eve. This would show solidarity with the beleaguered Poles.

    Reagan agreed to do so, and, in a typically stirring address, he asked all Americans to place their own candles in their own windows. – from National Review

    Pope John Paul II almost lost his life in a KGB/Bulgarian assassination plot. The Russians with good reason feared Pope John Paul II. His efforts along with Reagan and Thatcher ended the Warsaw Pact and freed the Russian vassal states in Eastern Europe.

    The Catholic Church was the voice of Polish resistance to both Naziism and Communism. The Polish people have not forgotten that, and it is a source of irritation to the EU. 

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  6. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    My sister called me to talk about Ukraine. We’re of Ukrainian descent and of course Putin sees a weak US president in office and has been making his plans. Very concerned – for Ukraine and the rest of both Eastern and Western Europe. These moves are also prophetic. Please read other things that have happened in recent weeks at Inside the Vatican:

    https://insidethevatican.com/news/newsflash/letter-10-2022-friday-jan-7-orthodoxy/

    The Ukranian Greek Orthodox Church is an Eastern Rite Catholic Church. The Ukranian Orthodox Church does not recognize the authority of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. When the Crimea was seized by Russian troops both Ukranian Churches smuggled icons out of Crimea due to efforts by the Russian Orthodox Church to seize churches and their icons.

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  7. philo Member
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    Doug Watt (View Comment): … The Russians with good reason feared Pope John Paul II. …

    Just because I can, here is a favorite passage of his visit to the shipyards from The Struggle and the Triumph:

    So then the Government created its own crowd, calling on Party loyalists and young people from the state-run enterprises to turn out and welcome the pope. … They were told to react neither too coldly nor too enthusiastically to the pope, and of course there were to be no upraised hands, no V-for-victory signs, no cheering. Each of them was handed a small flag and assigned a place to stand. …

    The line of vehicles passed quickly through the silent crowd. There was no clamoring, no emotion, only small flags waving mechanically back and forth. The figure in white approached the monument, followed close behind by Cardinal Glemp and Archbishops Casaroli, Colasuonno, and Martinez. The pope knelt, prayed, and gazed thoughtfully at the three anchors. “Divine Providence could not do better,” he said. “In this place, silence is a cry!” – Page 119

     

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  8. 9thDistrictNeighbor Member
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    President Reagan asked Americans to place a candle in their windows to support Poland’s desire for freedom. My mom placed a candle in the front window of their home in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    We did this as well.  Niech żyje Polska!

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  9. DonG (CAGW is a hoax) Coolidge
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    The Visegrad group is an alliance of four Central European countries namely Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. This alliance also goes by the name Visegrad Four, or simply V4, and brings together the countries with a common cultural civilization history in an effort to speak in a single political voice within the EU structures.

    Poland is not alone. 

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  10. DaveSchmidt Coolidge
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    And we have a Neville Chamberlain in the White House when what we need is a Churchill. 

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  11. Skyler Coolidge
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    Why is this post asking me to type in characters?  What kind of weird link is there that they need me to type in anti-spam codes?

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  12. kedavis Member
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    I think something went wonky a few days ago, just figured Max hasn’t caught up yet.

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  13. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    Why is this post asking me to type in characters? What kind of weird link is there that they need me to type in anti-spam codes?

    I’ve opened the post on two different devices. I’m not getting any unusual prompts.

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  14. Manny Member
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    I don’t blame Poland at all.  They have a right to be worried.  The United States needs to put an armored division in central Europe again.  Nice video.

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  15. Skyler Coolidge
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):

    Why is this post asking me to type in characters? What kind of weird link is there that they need me to type in anti-spam codes?

    I’ve opened the post on two different devices. I’m not getting any unusual prompts.

    Hmm.  Now I’m seeing a YouTube.

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  16. Skyler Coolidge
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    As usual, the politicians erred massively.  Back when the wall fell, they should have embraced Poland and Azerbaijan and all the former SSR’s and pushed hard to keep Russia weak.  Instead we paid Russia and encouraged the SSR’s, through explicit actions or through neglect, to remain loyal to our enemy.  Then we used Russia to take our astronauts to space for fear of their rocket scientists, rather than capturing their rocket scientists.  The Marshall Plan mentality needs to end. 

    It’s tragic that the Ukraine hasn’t done the same to prepare as Poland has.  They will suffer for another century if they fall again.

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  17. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    Poland has not forgotten Reagan, Thatcher, and how they supported Pope John Paul II in his efforts to support the Solidarity Movement.

    For instance: Lech Walesa made some appearances at Tea Party protests.

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  18. Instugator Thatcher
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    I wish Poland had nukes.

    I am very much a believer in non-proliferation – particularly with the numbers of nukes where they are. Truthfully, they are few enough that nuclear war has become thinkable – and perhaps winnable.

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  19. MiMac Thatcher
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    The Germans are a potential problem-

    1)Diplomatic editor @MarkUrban01reports that planes to Ukraine with British anti-tank missiles avoided German and Dutch airspace and there’s speculation the Germans oppose sending the supplies to Ukraine

    2)their actions in the Nord Stream pipeline (coupled with Biden’s foolishness) just increases Russian influence

    3)there was a great quote by the Polish foreign minister when on a radio talk show with his German counterpart. When discussing Belarus the German said that Germany was comfortable with Russia being on the Polish frontier-the Polish minister quickly asked “which Polish border the eastern one or western one?”.

    the German military’s is very small & in a shambles.

    the Russians are apparently emptying their embassies in the Ukraine and moving additional battlegroups to the border.

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  20. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Manny (View Comment):

    I don’t blame Poland at all. They have a right to be worried. The United States needs to put an armored division in central Europe again. Nice video.

    That video and music made my stomach churn. I get the same butterflies when I watch the Kuklinski video. My mother was Polish.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGKFM0Q_8f8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRWyqNNu0mk

    The above I found on war heroes who saved Europe – lest we forget history, we’re doomed to repeat it.

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  21. Alan Weick Member
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    Sic vis pacem, para bellum.

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  22. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    As usual, the politicians erred massively. Back when the wall fell, they should have embraced Poland and Azerbaijan and all the former SSR’s and pushed hard to keep Russia weak. Instead we paid Russia and encouraged the SSR’s, through explicit actions or through neglect, to remain loyal to our enemy. Then we used Russia to take our astronauts to space for fear of their rocket scientists, rather than capturing their rocket scientists. The Marshall Plan mentality needs to end.

    It’s tragic that the Ukraine hasn’t done the same to prepare as Poland has. They will suffer for another century if they fall again.

    Ukraine has inherited some problems from the Soviet Union days. Military and corruption problems:

    As of 1992, the Ukrainian Armed Forces were completely inherited from the Soviet Union, in which Ukraine had been a member state (a union republic). Like other Soviet republics, it did not possess its own separate military command, as all military formations were uniformly subordinated to the central command of the Armed Forces of the USSR. Administratively, the Ukrainian SSR was divided into three Soviet military districts (the Carpathian Military District, Kyiv Military District, and Odesa Military District). Three Soviet air commands and most of the Black Sea Fleet naval bases were located on the coast of Ukraine.

    Ukraine did not start competing as a nation in the Olympics until 1994, they competed as Russians. Hunter Biden’s involvement in Burisma was with Ukrainian pro-Kremlin oligarchs.

    There are some interesting aspects to the current Russian war against Ukraine. The Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine were never available to Ukrainians. They are not being operated by ethnic Russian coal miners. If anyone believes they are I’m trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge so if anyone wants to buy the bridge give me a call. I’ve reduced the price, it’s a real bargain.

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  23. Manny Member
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):

    Manny (View Comment):

    I don’t blame Poland at all. They have a right to be worried. The United States needs to put an armored division in central Europe again. Nice video.

    That video and music made my stomach churn. I get the same butterflies when I watch the Kuklinski video. My mother was Polish.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGKFM0Q_8f8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRWyqNNu0mk

    The above I found on war heroes who saved Europe – lest we forget history, we’re doomed to repeat it.

    God bless  Mr. Kuklinski. A true hero.

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  24. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):

    As usual, the politicians erred massively. Back when the wall fell, they should have embraced Poland and Azerbaijan and all the former SSR’s and pushed hard to keep Russia weak. Instead we paid Russia and encouraged the SSR’s, through explicit actions or through neglect, to remain loyal to our enemy. Then we used Russia to take our astronauts to space for fear of their rocket scientists, rather than capturing their rocket scientists. The Marshall Plan mentality needs to end.

    It’s tragic that the Ukraine hasn’t done the same to prepare as Poland has. They will suffer for another century if they fall again.

    Ukraine has inherited some problems from the Soviet Union days. Military and corruption problems:

    As of 1992, the Ukrainian Armed Forces were completely inherited from the Soviet Union, in which Ukraine had been a member state (a union republic). Like other Soviet republics, it did not possess its own separate military command, as all military formations were uniformly subordinated to the central command of the Armed Forces of the USSR. Administratively, the Ukrainian SSR was divided into three Soviet military districts (the Carpathian Military District, Kyiv Military District, and Odesa Military District). Three Soviet air commands and most of the Black Sea Fleet naval bases were located on the coast of Ukraine.

    Ukraine did not start competing as a nation in the Olympics until 1994, they competed as Russians. Hunter Biden’s involvement in Burisma was with Ukrainian pro-Kremlin oligarchs.

    There are some interesting aspects to the current Russian war against Ukraine. The Russian tanks in eastern Ukraine were never available to Ukrainians. They are not being operated by ethnic Russian coal miners. If anyone believes they are I’m trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge so if anyone wants to buy the bridge give me a call. I’ve reduced the price, it’s a real bargain.

    Biden’s interest and the Ukraine’s siding with the Democrats against Trump has pretty much wrote them off from my point of view.  They did not chose wisely.  Russia can have them as far as I am concerned   If we are smart MAGA should feel the same.

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  25. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Skyler (View Comment):
    Then we used Russia to take our astronauts to space for fear of their rocket scientists, rather than capturing their rocket scientists.

    What do you mean by “capturing?”  Do you mean we should have invited Russian rocket scientists to come here with the promise of better jobs, or do you mean “capturing” literally, as in kidnapping?

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  26. Skyler Coolidge
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    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):

    Skyler (View Comment):
    Then we used Russia to take our astronauts to space for fear of their rocket scientists, rather than capturing their rocket scientists.

    What do you mean by “capturing?” Do you mean we should have invited Russian rocket scientists to come here with the promise of better jobs, or do you mean “capturing” literally, as in kidnapping?

    Preferably the former, and if not, the latter.  It was a Cold War.  The danger is very real and very severe.

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  27. Front Seat Cat Member
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    Blinken heads to Ukraine – like Afghanistan, a day late and a dollar short. Putin meets with Iran – all meet with China. Biden won’t do a thing to break up that party because they all probably have the goods on his son. This alliance puts Russia in the Middle East – all predicted in the Bible.

    Europe knows we can’t be counted on  – they said so after the Afghanistan debacle. They weren’t even given notice to get their people out – our allies.

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  28. Skyler Coolidge
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    Front Seat Cat (View Comment):
    This alliance puts Russia in the Middle East – all predicted in the Bible.

    That’s hilarious.  Where does the Bible talk about Russia?  :)

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  29. BastiatJunior Member
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    President Reagan asked Americans to place a candle in their windows to support Poland’s desire for freedom.

    When Reagan gave that speech (one of his best,) fire departments all over the country panicked and admonished people not to do that.

    I’m sure some people exist who can’t light a candle without burning their house down, but if one is engaged enough to do what Reagan suggested, it’s probably not a problem.

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  30. Roberto, [This space available for advertising] Member
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    That’s rather close to Belarus where Russia has troops, hope there isn’t another MH17 “accident”.

     

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