Poland's loyalty to US a one-way street? Today, Poles can feel a little disappointed when thinking of their American allied.
Bush Administration did offer to Poland 20 Millions
This is a joke ( it will build 5 miles of the road on today Poland?
Who is advancing p-resident Bush?
Is President Bush he out of touch with he situation in Poland! This time to view Poland as a poor former Soviet country is long time gone.
And where is the Secretary of State. Oh ye, she did graduate international studies in Stanford. So what did she learned there?
Poles are not coming to US to work for $12.00 per hour
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Lech Alex Bajan
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Polish Pilots of the World War II
The Poles feel that their country is not perceived as an equal partner by the Americans in terms of politics, which translates to waning enthusiasm for the United States.
By Aleksander Kropiwnicki
Do Poles still love America? According to some publicists, their attitude to the US is definitely getting less enthusiastic. Warsaw still wants to see America as its partner but not a Big Brother. Poland has never been rewarded for its assistance in Iraq. Washington is reluctant to help significantly in modernizing the Polish army, even though it’s keen to situate its anti-missile shield in Poland.
At the same time, the American economy has been weakened while the Polish one is flourishing. Unlike in the past, it doesn’t make sense to leave Poland and look for jobs in America, as nowadays Polish zloty is more expensive and US dollar cheaper than ever in the past. On the other hand, Poles still have to apply for visas if they want to travel to the United States.
Poles can love America or not. However, they now realize that America has never loved Poland. It’s time, moreover, to learn that the membership of the European Union, not the alliance with the United States, is the future of this country. And that’s exactly what the vast majority of Poles is likely to answer, if asked.
Such is the Polish mood in the recent months. Has it changed for forever? In 1945, Poles probably felt much worse bitterness about the then pro-Soviet attitude of the United Kingdom and the United States, two superpower states which had sold Poland in Yalta. However, next decades changed this attitude. The Soviet oppression was so annoying, that the Polish feelings about America, Britain, France or even West Germany could be nothing but friendly. In 1980s, the humanitarian and political assistance of the West, particularly America, became an important factor in the nation’s life.
Finally, the collapse of communism was caused mainly by the assertive policy of the United States governed by two consecutive Republican presidents. One of them was father of the current one. George H. W. Bush is still alive and he hasn’t been forgotten in Poland.
Times change. Today, Poles can feel a little disappointed when thinking of their American allies. Sometimes the Americans behave as if they have never heard about Poland. Even if they have, they don’t care, such is the impression. In the future, though, there is place for the Polish-American friendship. The recovery of both American economy and political common sense is possible, so that giving up this relationship would be naïve. Poland can still play more than one piano.