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Wednesday, June 25th, 2003
: RCN Administrator
It came as quite a surprise two weeks ago when Washington
offered Warsaw a leading role in administering a military zone in
postconflict Iraq. The sensation was compounded by Polish Defense
Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski’s invitation to Germany and Denmark,
Poland’s partners in a joint NATO corps stationed in Szczecin, to
contribute troops to the Polish-led stabilization force in the Polish
"occupation zone" in Iraq. In an arresting display of diplomatic
theater, Germany declined the proposal, saying that it would not
consider any military role in Iraq without a UN mandate. The Danes
reportedly answered that they are going to commit their troops to a
Poland’s remarkable appearance on the global stage took place
against a backdrop of sour relations between Washington and two
important EU countries, Germany and France, which have taken a tough
anti-U.S. stance on Iraq. It is no wonder, therefore, that
Washington’s favoring of Poland is generally seen as a sort of
punishment for the "old Europe" that does not want to back U.S.
foreign-policy interests. This fact will hardly make Poland’s mission
in Iraq any easier.
Szmajdzinski announced on 12 May that the Polish
stabilization force in Iraq will be deployed in a sector between
Baghdad and Al-Basrah, that is, between a British-administered sector
in the south and a U.S.-administered sector in the north. "We have
made a decision, and as a result the Polish division is to operate in
the upper southern zone. We have just begun negotiating with our
potential partners in this zone," Szmajdzinski said. He added that
the negotiations over which countries are to participate in the
Polish sector will continue until 22-23 May, when a conference on the
issue is to be held in Warsaw.
Szmajdzinski said Warsaw has asked NATO to provide support
for its mission in Iraq, recalling the trans-Atlantic alliance’s
involvement in the 4,500-strong International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. "It is a normal and a natural thing for
Poland to ask allied countries, to have informal talks about the
possibility of making use of instruments that the alliance has -- to
provide help with the shaping of the operational plans for setting up
communications systems and sharing the intelligence of the allied
states.... Should these instruments be made available to us, this
would mean the acceptance by the 19 states of such actions,"
The Polish military sector in Iraq will encompass an area of
some 80,000 square kilometers with 3 million inhabitants, although
U.S. military command has not yet set the precise borders of the
Polish zone. Poland is reportedly planning to send 1,500-2,000
service personnel to Iraq. General Andrzej Tyszkiewicz, Poland’s
former envoy to NATO, has been named commander of a multinational
division in the Polish sector in Iraq. The division is to comprise
6,000-7,000 service personnel, although it has not been reported
which countries will contribute to this force.
Szmajdzinski said it would be better for Poland if there were
a UN Security Council mandate for its mission in Iraq, but he added
that the mission must be carried out even without such a resolution.
"We cannot liberate the Iraqi people and then say: ’There is no
resolution so we leave things as they are and pull out.’ The point is
to make it possible for the Iraqi people to take responsibility for
their country in a democratic and sovereign way," he explained.
While many Poles feel pride in their country’s unexpected
role as a major international player, some Polish and international
commentators warn that Warsaw’s Washington-fuelled "global ambitions"
might backfire in the European Union, which Poland is expected to
join in a year.
First, since Poland’s staunch backing of the United States so
irritates EU heavyweights Germany and France, these two countries
might prove less keen to dole out EU aid to Poland. Commentators
point out that in 2006, the EU is scheduled to renegotiate its
regional-subsidies policy to accommodate new members. They suggest
that Poland might find it hard to remain a net recipient of EU
subsidies, particularly since Germany is the principal contributor to
the EU budget.
Polish commentators also argue that while Poland made the
right strategic decision in siding with the United States in the Iraq
war and should justly expect political and economic benefits from
this, Warsaw should not necessarily associate itself with all U.S.
global interests. In particular, some analysts argue that
Washington’s purported intention to erode the German-French anti-U.S.
stance on Iraq with the help of Warsaw will prove unsuccessful and
will only bring Poland trouble. The daily "Rzeczpospolita" wrote on
12 May that Poland’s European choice requires that the country become
unambiguously involved in the building of the EU’s common
foreign-policy and security system, which in turn implies that Warsaw
must seek rapprochement with Berlin and Paris.
A step in this direction was made last week by Polish
President Aleksander Kwasniewski, who met with German Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder and French President Jacques Chirac in Wroclaw,
within the so-called Weimar Triangle format. The summit did not
produce much of substance, but one thing did not pass unnoticed in
Poland. Both Schroeder and Chirac declared that they want to see
Poland as an equal partner in the EU. It was also noticed that
neither Berlin nor Paris wants Warsaw to be a broker in dealings
between Europe and the United States. "I do not get the impression
that we need a bridge between the EU and the United States," Chirac
told journalists in Wroclaw.
Even if Poland’s involvement in the Iraq war has contributed
to a significant elevation of the country’s international profile, it
has simultaneously brought a host of additional problems --
diplomatic, financial, military, administrative, and so on -- with
which Warsaw must immediately and successfully cope if it wants to
build on its surprising political standing. It should not be
forgotten that Poland remains a country in transition, plagued by
nearly 20 percent unemployment and ruled by a minority government
with approval ratings barely over 10 percent.
There seems to be no immediate concept of how to translate
the country’s bold and successful international policy into an
equally bold and successful domestic one in order to boost the morale
of its disappointed citizens. At the same time, any failure on the
part of the government to live up to its present international
challenge might not only be fatal for the government itself, but
could also exacerbate public disillusionment with the country’s
postcommunist transformation.Results Page:
Monday, June 23rd, 2003
: RCN Administrator
Radio Free Europe -- Polish antiabortion activists threw red paint at a vessel crewed by Dutch abortion-rights group Women on Waves as it was mooring in the Polish port of Wladyslawowo on 22 June, Polish and international news agencies
reported. Women on Waves says the purpose of its trip to Poland is to offer Polish women advice on contraception. Poland has a strict antiabortion law that allows for the procedure only if a woman’s health is threatened, the fetus is damaged, or in cases of rape. The Women on Waves visit has received extensive media coverage and has been a source of ire for the Polish Roman Catholic Church. "We must not let criminals enter our territorial waters and perform crimes on our children," dpa quoted Archbishop of Gdansk Tadeusz Goclowski as saying.
Sunday, May 4th, 2003
: RCN Administrator
By Jim Angelus -- It is really interesting to follow opinions here in Europe on Iraq, as it was during Bosnia, Kossovo, and Afghanistan. Always the same sentiment: military action will be the start of WWIII; no one has ever defeated the Serbs or the Afghans or the former Ottoman provinces now called Iraq (read Germans, Russian, Brits); that the US is acting without proper authority; that there are naked economic interests at stake (chrome in Kossovo, uranium in Afghanistan, oil in Iraq, ect.). The usual percentage of people opposed to military action has been roughly 65-70% in each case in just about every country I've visited during these crises.
I've actually witnessed about a dozen of these anti-American episodes in my young life beginning in the mid-50's when we had to wade through thousands of "ban the bomb' folks in England where we lived for three years. Of course it didn't help that Dad's job there was to deliver a single nuke under the belly of his F-100 on a one-way mission into the Soviet Union. And it didn't deter us that so many people were opposed to American actions all over the globe to limit the spread of communism; we knew that the military was one of our best means to do so, alongside the glittering success of the free enterprise system (now called market economy) we were defending because of its causal link to political freedoms. No matter how enthralled the masses may have been with socialist utopia, we knew better. Bush is doing now what most US presidents have done in the past, used his best judgment based on the best intelligence available, to act despite negative world opinion. Yes, it rankles the students to hear such nonchalance and the argument that this planet is not safe with exotically armed fanatics, but they'll just have to sit back and watch the show. We're not giving an inch any more, the stakes are simply too high and we are blessed by the fact that our former Soviet adversary, now terribly weakened militarily-emotionally-economically, is becoming more and more our partner in the war against terror.
Poland was with us since the beginning of each of the last three 'events' if you count all the Yugoslav issues as one. This time they sent 200 special forces to Iraq, the highly-rated GROM units, to compliment the UK and Australian combat units. Other 'allies' (and even some not so willing partners) sent non-combat people into the theater but Poland was the only one to send their boys to the front. The first sitting president to visit the new US president after Vincente Fox from Mexico was Aleksander Kwasniewski, which was an official state visit unlike Fox's. Bush gave one of his best speeches ever in Warsaw almost two years ago when he invited Russia to join the family of free nations, with some of its former colonies like Poland to assist in the process. The majority of Polish people still oppose our armies in Iraq, but they are silent with the knowledge that they are finally a part of Euro-Atlantic structures after almost 60 years since they were swept into the East bloc while the US looked the other way. And perhaps a little reassured that at least they had time to think about it, when ol' Hungary was used as a forward airbase for the US during the Kossovo affair only two days after joining Nato.
What makes these Easterners more mad than anything is to be bossed around by their Western European buddies. Now that the ink has dried on the EU accession agreements, the comments made by Chirac that they "keep their mouths shut" has had a huge impact. Even Schroeder has had to limit his antiwar rhetoric, not only because the Coalition was so successful in the military campaign in Iraq, but because he knows the ramifications of French superiority complexes. We all have to thank God for Rumsfeld's remark about "new" versus "old" Europe, because that's exactly what it is and exactly how it's being played out here now ... because of his remarks! Yesterday's EU meeting in Athens showed a bowed Chirac following the newest members of the EU from the East who will not tolerate any French or German or French-German hegemony. This is the best news of all.