A NEW WARSAW PACT: DEFENDING POLAND FROM THE OLD SOVIET PUTIN
© August 17, 2008, All Rights Reserved
Because, in life’s unique little way, I am at once both Polish and American, I take exception at Russia’s recent statement that Poland is under risk of attack for any basing of American defensive missiles in that nation. As an individual, I deeply resent large bullies making threats against peaceful bodies and I often find the need to voice my opinion, irrespective of whether others want to hear it or I may find myself in some form of trouble through uttering these views. As to whether that results from being Polish or American – well, I’ll leave that to the reader to decide.
What is not arguable is that with the recent and fully unprovoked invasion of peaceful Georgia by the belligerent Russian government (hereinafter referred to as the Putin Union of Soviet Socialist Executioners – or PUSSE, pronounced “pussies”), the civilized world has entered a very nasty and uncertain era. The world could, perhaps, understand the hijacking of a religious faith for matters of absolute mayhem as orchestrated by the likes of Osama Bin Laden and his al-Qaeda swine, but the emergence of an aggressive Russia delves beyond the manners of peaceful and cooperative industry. That is, Russia needs to be included amongst the rank and file of the industrial world if it is to regain any of the glory that the communists had spent the better part of a century destroying. The Russian people had a chance; they survived the constraints of Soviet socialism, learned that it bankrupted their society, and forged into the new century emulating the West – the civilization that offered the best of what worked. Vladimir Putin (nee Opportunistic President, nee KGB Thug) sacrificed all of this.
Vlad Emir Putin could’ve done the honorable thing; he could’ve comfortably retired to the lecture circuit and made millions teaching gullible young university students (primarily here within the West) how he had championed Mother Russia out of a post-Yeltsin decline. Instead, he could not leave well enough alone and manipulated his way into office as Russian prime minister. Regardless of who now occupies the office of the presidency, it is Putin himself who calls the shots and it is Putin who I’ll discuss in this commentary.
Like a grumbling bear awoken from a long hibernation, the Russian government is now set to begin gobbling up a much needed food supply – the former satellites of the Soviet Empire. It has already fully disregarded the sovereignty of tiny Georgia by thumbing its nose at the West. It had previously attempted to freeze Ukraine into submission by cutting off natural gas supplies to that equally peaceful country. Now, word has been released that Poland “risks attack” if they install an American missile defense system within that nation. What nobody seems to consider, however, is that Poland does not border Russia. That means for Putin and his pussies to attack the Warsaw government they would have to violate several other nations’ – Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, or Ukraine – sovereignty in order to carry out the threat. That is, of course, unless red-coated Moscow decided to attack from the sea (where have I heard that before?).
Whichever form of attack Putin’s cohorts (or is it concubines?) would have to take to carry out their threat, they would have signaled to the entire planet that national sovereignty means squat when it stands in the way of Vlad’s grandiose ambitions. The man is simply mad – stark raving, certifiably, ungraciously mad. Lord knows that I would get into serious trouble if I were to utter some crude remark such as Putin deserves nothing better than a bullet between his eyes, so I won’t do so. You are, as they like to say in court, hereby instructed to ignore the previous comment. There are other – if less effective – ways in which to deal with the Power That Be inside the Kremlin.
First, the world needs to draw a firm line in the sand that basically represents the pre-Russo-Georgian Conflict boundaries of Russia. Any movement of Russian troops beyond these boundaries should be considered nothing short of a severe violation of international peace and tranquility. The Cold War is over, communism is dead, and we allowed the perpetrators of global mayhem to get away with being held responsible for their deeds. It was as if General Ulysses S. Grant came back to life to replay his terms of surrender to the Russian Lee – “take your troops and your guns and go home.” The only thing that we did was to give Russia an opportunity to regroup, to place their team into a “rebuilding” season while Western competition was distracted with the economic orgy that was the Clinton 1990’s.
I hold within my hands an old 1982 National Geographic map of Poland. At that time on the Western border of Poland rested nineteen Soviet divisions. Towards the south were another five and towards the East were an amazing thirty-four divisions. All were positioned to keep the growing anti-communist Solidarity movement (among others) from transforming the nation into an independent democracy. I served within the Navy during this period. In fact, I even took a U.S. Navy course on studying the Warsaw Pact a year later. I knew the threat then-communist Russia represented, but I also know there are many, many readers out there for whom the height of the Cold War is merely an archaic history lesson best left for those with more time on their hands. The West has its hands full trying to exterminate radical Islam; God forbid should you have to deal with a nation that maintains the capability of blasting the planet into pebbles.
It is my opinion that Vladimir Putin is simply Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin clean-shaved and a bit more cowardly. Both of his predecessors raped and purged the best of sovereign nations under the auspices of protecting their “own kind.” Both also orchestrated their mayhem upon neighboring Poland – forcing that nation to lose tens of thousands of its civic and military leaders in secretive massacres. I couldn’t do anything about the “old country” then, but you can bet your sweet fanny that I’ll do whatever I can to support Poland should Putin’s pussies decide to venture out of their den again.
Many of my fans reside within Poland; I guess that it goes with the name if nothing else. Every week, I am privileged to find new readers visiting my Website from that beautiful and historic nation in central Europe. I am proud to be so honored by so many Poles. For matters of equality and fairness, I also have many Russian friends and readers who visit nearly as often. I hold no grievances against the Russian people – in my opinion, they simply haven’t beheld democracy long enough to understand that it takes responsibility to vote for leaders. They may simply be suffering from Post-Soviet Stress Syndrome. I forgive them. I won’t forgive their leaders – especially Vladimir Putin.
I will use whatever resources are at my disposal, whatever talents God has bestowed upon me, whatever life I have remaining within my soul to do whatever I can to protect my friends in Poland. Whether I am considered to be simply an irritant flea or a contagious bacterium makes very little difference – I am unstoppable. My actions and beliefs encompass my very existence. I consume notoriety and swell with pride over attempted ridicule. Not even the radical Islamists have more ‘faith’ than I do concerning my purpose in life. So for a start, I simply call you too to action.
Russia must be stopped and stopped quickly before the whole of Europe is aflame. Our political leaders must stand together firmly in support of our allies, both large and small. We must not defeat the Russian people but we must vanquish their hostile government led by prime sinister Vladimir Putin. Call, write, email; whatever it takes to get your elected representative to ignore their pet projects and devote attention to matters of urgent national security. I have made my pact with Warsaw and the Polish people. Are you their friend or just another PUSSE?