Due to our contemporary and historical relations with Russia, forced subordination during the Polish People's Republic, and the real threat of extending the front to Polish territory, Polish society also expresses strong anti-Russian and pro-Ukrainian attitudes. And not only now, but for many years.
It is not without reason that the Anti-War Easter Protest, which in fact was subserviently supportive of Russia, attracted only a few dozen people - and this took place in the capital.
Unfortunately, such rhetoric may be gaining ground in Western Europe and elsewhere in the world. Especially in countries that were not affected by the yoke of Russian sovietism. It must also be admitted openly that from the point of view of an inhabitant of Amsterdam or Paris, it may be ideologically more attractive than open support for war and Russian crimes, which is sometimes done by Putin's agents and Russian trolls.
In Poland, the small-scale pro-Russian party Zmiana, which a few years ago reported to the prosecutor's office a case of insulting Putin, will never go beyond its niche, but their ideological brethren in the West may have a broader range of power.
Michael Martens, a columnist for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, recently wrote that West German pacifism had surrendered in the face of evil. It was a reaction to the following words of Konstantin Wecker a German song writer, pacifist and a supporter of the dismantling of nuclear weapons in Europe: "when our brothers come with bombs and weapons, we want to hug them, we do not want to defend ourselves." According to salon24.pl website, Martens saw the song as very cynical in the face of an ongoing war, and that it was "one of many examples of West German pacifism, which unconditionally surrendered in the face of evil."
The more so that in Germany it was not a one-off situation. Wecker was one of the many signatories of a letter from the representatives of science, media, and culture to Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in which they demanded "a suspension of arms deliveries to Ukraine and an end to further military resistance".
Unfortunately, another example of such an attitude is the words of Pope Francis, who has been flirting with the Western left, and who citing pacifism, stated that we are all guilty of what is currently happening in Ukraine and that the war is the result of "NATO’s barking at Russia's door".
It's time to realize that false pacifism can also serve imperialists and criminals, in which form it is very dangerous and should be resisted. The more so because - as the German journalist I mentioned rightly pointed out - if Hitler was not beaten by pacifist marches, Putin will not be defeated with hugs.
– Bartosz Oszczepalski
–Translated by Sally Jastrzębska
TVP WEEKLY. Editorial team and jornalists