July 29, 2015
By Jan Engelgard
Mysl Polska [Polish Thought] is a political weekly.
Translated from Polish by J.Hawk
We are witnessing the end of a certain very popular in Poland myth, according to which “independent” Ukraine means Russia will never again be a Great Power, and its “imperial idea” will perish. The adherents of Jerzy Giedroyc and his theory appear to sincerely believe in that myth even today.
Yes, that myth was also believed by the opponents of the Polish policy of using Ukraine against Russia. Roman Dmowski said so and was right at the time. Pilsudski played the Ukrainian card in 1920, arousing tremendous forces by uniting the Whites with the Reds who then came very close to destroying the barely independent Polish state.
And today we can say with certainty that the thesis positing Russia cannot be strong and powerful without Ukraine is a myth. Ukraine has not been “Russian” since February 2014, it is now “American.” And what is happening? Has Russia lost its international importance? Has it collapsed politically and economically? No, rather the opposite–Russia, defending itself against Washington’s geopolitical maneuvers, has gained new allies, new markets, and strengthened itself internally, politically, and morally. It does not need Ukraine, or rather the bankruptcy estate that remains of the Ukrainian state.
Russia quickly realized that the main goal of the Kiev coup is not overthrowing Yanukovych, that was only the first move before ending its influence over Crimea, including expelling its Black Sea Fleet from Sevastopol. Kazimierz Woycicki, a representative of the Giedroyc sect, was yelling in a radio broadcast in early 2014 that tearing Crimea from under Russia’s influence would be a “geopolitical Copernican revolution”. Which is why Moscow decided to act quickly, accomplishing its main goal–the painless inclusion of Crimea within its own borders. Thus America’s whole sophisticated plan crashed like a house of cards. Russia does not want to annex other territories, including the Donbass–it needs the Donbass to act as a stake through Ukraine’s heart, in other words, what Crimea was supposed to be except in the opposite sense.