“Hands off Ukraine!”–A Warning From The Past

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July 28, 2015

“Hands off Ukraine!”

Published in Mysl Polska [Polish Thought], one of the oldest Polish political weeklies.

By Roman Dmowski

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Translated from Polish by J.Hawk

Preface: We are watching what Roman Dmowski warned the Poles against come true. He wrote about this over 80 years ago in a very different political environment. However, his observations and conclusions are unusually relevant to our own time. It’s useful to relate his words one more time, may they prompt reflection among those who succumbed to emotions and false suggestions:

“There is no human force capable of preventing Ukraine, once it is torn away from Russia and transformed into an independent country, from becoming a destination for con-men from all over the world who are unwelcome in their own countries, capitalists, capital-seekers, business organizers, technicians and merchants, speculators and schemers, thugs and pimps: Germans, French, Belgians, Italians and Americans would find assistance by local or nearby Russians, Poles, Armenians, Greeks, and the most numerous and important of all, the Jews. It would be a veritable League of Nations of sorts. This elemental force, with the participation of the cleverest and most business-savvy Ukrainians, will become the country’s leadership elite. It would be a a most remarkable elite, since no other country could boast such a rich collection of international low-life.

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