Commenting a NYT article on Poland, Dr. Chodakiewicz points out that the decisions of the new government in Poland are based on the same premises as those taken in America after the presidential election in 2009.
On Sunday, December 7, Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz spoke at the American Polish Advisory Council’s conference on “Poland’s Emerging Role in Shaping Global Security & the US-Polish Partnership” at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
During the conference, Dr. Chodakiewicz, who currently holds the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP, participated in a panel discussion on panel on “25 Years of Democracy in Poland and the US-Polish Partnership: Military Cooperation, Trade, and Common Objectives.” Other speakers at the conference included Honorable Boguslaw Winid, Poland’s Ambassador to the United Nations, and Jaroslaw Strozyk, Poland’s Defense Attaché in Washington.
An outline of his remarks can be found below.
Photo courtesy of the American Polish Advisory Council.
Poland’s Integrated Strategy:
Poland needs integrated strategy, one that encompasses many tools of statecraft. However, to play at the global scale, one must have the means to do so. Poland does not. It should acquire them. Meanwhile, it should either lay low and reform or make popular noises at the international level, in other words, bluff, and reform.
Poland can try to go it alone, which is unadvisable, or seek an alliance for security. At the moment it has NATO. However, the US is confused and Western Europe unwilling to step up to the task of defending NATO member states in the post-Soviet zone. “Leading from behind” will continue until a regime change in Washington, but a new administration, after, 2016, may or may not be willing to provide leadership for the alliance.
Meanwhile, despite America’s malaise, Poland needs to reform internally to be able to defend itself. The following should be done:
- Favor an economic system with low taxes, few regulation, and even fewer government bureaucrats; avoid EU regulations like the plague or learn to overcome them.
- Support a social system that encourages high birth rates and love of country.
- Relax gun laws.
- Encourage grass roots self-defense forces, starting with gun and rifle clubs (bractwa kurkowe).
- Foster paramilitary activities involving girl and boy scouts and other youthful volunteers.
- Set up territorial defense from above based upon the Swiss model.
- Establish throughout the nation a multitude of state arsenals with small arms and individual, portable defense systems, including anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles. They are more efficient and economically feasible than expensive weapons systems they are designed to destroy like planes, helicopters, tanks, and armored vehicles.
- Train both paramilitaries and territorial defense soldiers both male and female.
- Re-institute a two track draft — for national defense or for national service (e.g., for hospital or school service).
- Assemble a small professional elite armed forces, including special forces.
- De-Communize and de-Sovietize the current brass. No post-Communist mentality permitted.
- Procure defensive nuclear weapons as deterrent: first step, of course, would be to acquire a nuclear reactor, which would also benefit Poland’s energy sector.
Meanwhile, the Polonia should put its money where its mouth is. Support pro-Polish and Polonian initiatives. Be proud and strong. Lobby both in DC and in Warsaw. Pressure the Polish government to make Poland into a venue into the EU for American interests, including to institute affirmative action for Polish American businessmen.
Peace can only come through strength.
On Saturday, 12 April, the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP hosted its Fourth Annual Spring Symposium, one of the Chair’s two semi-annual conferences devoted to the historical, cultural, geopolitical, economic, and other aspects of Poland and the Intermarium.
The first speaker, Mr. Michael Szpindor-Watson, a doctoral candidate in economics at George Mason University, spoke on the impact of climate change on the persecutions and expulsions of Jews in Europe from 1300-1795. He pointed out that while climate shocks exacerbated tensions between Christians and Jews and often led to the persecution or even expulsions of the latter, the same positive correlation was not true of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which was known as the “Jewish Paradise” (Paradisus Iudaeorum).
Dr. Elizabeth Radziszewski — Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at Lehigh University — delivered a presentation on “Competition, Accountability, and the Private Military Industry.” Although the topic of private military contractors has been a controversial one, Dr. Radziszewski pointed out that competition among several firms had a positive impact on the accountability and effectiveness of the private contractor firms.
Dr. Wojciech Jerzy Muszyński of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Warsaw, Poland, deconstructed the attempts of post-modernist scholars and pundits to pin the blame for the vast and bloody crimes perpetrated by Marxists-Leninists on “nationalism.” As an expert of the Polish nationalist (anti-Nazi and anti-Soviet) underground during the Second World War, Dr. Muszyński spoke about Bolesław Piasecki, who started out as a radical nationalist in interwar Poland, continued as the leader of a small Piłsudskiite underground resistance outfit during the war, and ended up collaborating with the communists after the Soviet occupation. In communist-occupied Poland, Piasecki was best known as the leader of a small pro-regime “progressive Catholic” organization/publishing house, PAX. Dr. Muszyński explained all the seemingly sharp twists and turns in Piasecki’s political path — pointing out that the head of PAX had always been an “iron pragmatic” utilizing whatever ideology suited his ultimate goal, power — debunking the revisionist myth of communism as “socialist in form, but nationalist in content.”
For more of Dr. Muszynski’s thoughts on Mikołaj S. Kunicki’s book on Bolesław Piasecki, please click here.
Father Jarosław Wiśniewski — a Polish-born Catholic missionary — shared his experiences from the two decades he spent propagating the faith in the post-Soviet zone, including places such as: Rostov on the Don, Uzbekistan, Sakhalin Island, and Kamchatka Peninsula. The Reverend highlighted the human rights abuses in post-Soviet Russia, including violations of religious freedom. The Russian Orthodox Church, which — as Farther Wiśniewski pointed out, is led by “KGB officers dressed in priestly robes” — has been waging a fierce battle against Catholicism, targeting especially (but not only) priests of Polish descent. Some, as he pointed out, were even murdered by “unknown culprits” or died in suspicious “accidents.” This is an insight into the mindset and modus operandi of the post-Soviet Russian ruling establishment.
The Institute of World Politics was recently mentioned—along with the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies, and its current holder, Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz—in Anólan Ponce’s article in the Cuban-American Spanish-language newspaper, the Miami-based El Nuevo Herald.
Entitled “Las inversiones en Cuba y el amor a la patria” [Investing in Cuba and patriotism], the piece argues that investment in their communist-occupied homeland by Cuban-Americans will server primarily to bail out a regime whose Marxist economic policies destroyed the nation’s economy. Mr. Ponce quoted Dr. Chodakiewicz’s article, “Carbon Copy Communism,” which demonstrated that the communist regime in Poland followed the same blueprint that the Castro regime is attempting to implement now by wooing exiled businessmen. The goal was not only to obtain Western cash, but also to utilize the diaspora to spread propaganda that the communist system is allegedly no longer a totalitarian dictatorship. In other words, Havana is attempting to pull off a great deception operation.
The New York Times has recently published a letter to the editor entitled “Dismissing the ‘Smolensk Religion,'” written by Kosciuszko Chair Research Assistant Pawel Styrna.
The letter criticizes an article by Artur Domoslawski, which attacks those who believe that the 2010 Smolensk plane crash was more than an accident.
On November 2, 2013, Pawel Styrna, Research Assistant for the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, discussed “Persian Hospitality: The Poles from the Gulag in Iran” at the Sixth Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference at The Institute of World Politics.
Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy
On November 2, 2013, Dr. Tomasz Sommer discussed “The Children of the Victims of the Polish Operation of the NKVD” at the Sixth Annual Kosciuszko Chair Lecture at The Institute of World Politics.
Video by Adam Savit, Center for Security Policy
On Friday, November 2, The Institute of World Politics hosted the Sixth Annual Kosciuszko Chair Conference. The Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies at IWP serves as a center for Polish Studies in the broadest sense, including learning, teaching, researching, and writing about Poland’s culture, history, heritage, religion, government, economy, and successes in the arts, sciences, and letters, with special emphasis on the achievements of Polish civilization and its relation to other nations, particularly the United States.
Videos from the lectures can be found here on YouTube.