July 17, 2015
Translated from Polish by J.Hawk
In his interia.pl editorial titled “In Germany’s Pocket”, Rafal Ziemkiewicz raises the alarm to attract attention to Poland’s wasted opportunity to establish its sovereignty during the last 23 years. In his view, Germany is becoming a Germany colony and the main political forces have no sensible plan of action.
Ziemkiewicz points out that Germany is running the world’s highest trade surplus, and its relationship “with a country as depraved and disorderly as contemporary serfdom-afflicted Poland” is turning Poland into its own province with no great effort on its part.
“It’s sufficient to be generous with loans–the hundreds of billions that the III Polish Republic elites ate through, as well as the equally generous EU subsidies which did not so much help the infrastructure but rather the petrified elite hierarchy which was able to purchase an electoral elite–and the results will appear soon enough,” Ziemkiewicz notes. He also cites examples of how Poland’s national inheritance might be taken over in areas such as transport or mining:
“For the last 25 years Poland has not been able to figure out how to run its railroads?. Eventually they’ll be bought by Deutsche Bahn which will show the primitives how it’s done. The Poles can’t make profit in the coal industry? But the Germans are already building new ones, to exploit the same “unprofitable” reserves, which will make a profit. If the Czechs could make a profit from the Silesia mine they bought from the Poles, the Germans will make profits also, you can be sure of that. We may soon be asking them to come and help us save these jobs, even without Gorzelik’s freikorps machinations,” Ziemkiewicz writes.
It is his view that “over the last 25 years Poland wasted its opportunity to regain sovereignty,” and did not succeed in carrying out a “civilizational jump.” “We are becoming a colony with every passing day, though at least a German one and not a Russian one. That’s reality, and reality has to be taken into account and not treated like a figment of someone’s imagination,” adding that Polish politics is not reacting to this turn of events.
Ziemkiewicz is criticizing both the Citizens’ Platform policy which amounts to being Germany’s useful lackey, and the Law and Justice whose approach “is little more than whining.” He also criticizes government efforts to shut down the Western Institute: “a research institute studying and monitoring German politics is not only not needed in a colony, it’s undesirable. Germans will tell us everything we need to know. Now face down into the dirt!”
In his view Poland ought to pursue Cegielski’s and Drzymala’s approaches: “respect reality, but also resist the Germans, and instead of bowing before them and allowing the country to be exploited, learn from the colonizer–in order to defend ourselves from him and to pursue our own and not his interests so that, after a passage of time, we can grow strong in this rivalry and get rid of him.”
“Unless we have barley for brains and hay where our hearts used to be, and we have no higher ambition than remaining a nation of cowherds and hired hands whose elites are gradually corrupted and denationalized,” Ziemkiewicz concludes.
J.Hawk’s Comment: Wouldn’t you know it, one of America’s lesser vassals is now actually afraid of being devoured by a greater vassal! And rightly so–Germany needs to somehow compensate for the loss of Greece (which is too bankrupt to keep buying German goods and services). Ukraine, I think, was supposed to be that compensation (US was not the only country that planned to make a profit off its Maidan investment).
Ziemkiewicz, one of the best known members of the Polish political commentariat, incidentally embodies one of the unfortunately prevalent attitudes among Poland’s elites: whatever happens, Russia is not our friend. The Wehrmacht massing on the borders? Russia is not our friend. SS building death camps all over? Russia still not our friend. We’re about to become Germany’s economic colony once again? You guessed it–Putin is worse. Polish elite’s capacity for political and national suicide is unfortunately the logical consequence of its Russophobia, and nothing that happened in the 20th century had changed that sad state of affairs.
To appreciate the absurdity of the situation, let’s briefly reflect on Poland’s 20th Century: Germany destroys Poland, brings it to the brink of genocidal extinction, USSR rescues it, rebuilds it, establishes the best-governed Polish state that has ever existed and? Poland, in its eagerness to make that “civilizational leap” westward willingly delivers itself into the hands of Angela Merkel so that it can become Germany’s colony once again. And since Ziemkiewicz basically rules out Russia as a possible way out of the problem, the best he can do is cite Polish reformers of the 19th Century whose efforts would have never brought Poland independence in the absence of an empire-destroying World War. In other words, Poland happens to be only a slightly less disorganized version of Ukraine… It even has its own version of a popular campaign to remove monuments commemorating the Red Army, including in those parts of Poland that would have still been Germany had it not been for the aforementioned Red Army. Or its rather generous Commander-in-Chief, Stalin. Because Germany is hardly “colonizing” anything. One doesn’t colonize what one perceives to be part of your country in the first place. Germany is simply gradually reclaiming from Poland what it lost in 1945… So I think it immediately becomes clear why certain forces in Europe want to escalate the conflict with Russia.
But it doesn’t have to be like that–there are forces in Poland (still relatively marginal) that don’t share Ziemkiewicz’s bias, and which will likely grow stronger thanks to Russia’s avoidance of military action against Ukraine.