My Friends in Poland…

To my friends in Poland, including former professors, those I’ve met in the course of book events, and others, I am deeply saddened to see your nation once again in peril. Of course, you do not have to hear this from me. You’ve known it for months now. The difference is that the rest of the world knows it, too. I fear your sovereignty will once again be trampled, your populace abused, your progress and hard work stolen. You’ve been bargained away, traded like yard sale leftovers in exchange for precious little.

Does anyone remember 1938… 1939… 1945?

Trust no one, especially allies bearing promises.

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  1. Obama’s heart is in the Third World. In the 1980s when he was in college, he was inspired by anti-apartheid politics and movements for domestic nuclear disarmament, not the heroic Contras of Nicaragua or the Poles of Solidarity. As he said in Dreams of My Father regarding a post-college trip to Europe, “[B]y the end of the first week or so, I realized that I‘d made a mistake. It wasn’t that Europe wasn’t beautiful; everything was just as I‘d imagined it. It just wasn’t mine.” And love of the Third World, the Third World of his father’s national socialist Kenya, is the ideology of the Third World nonaligned movement. The Nonaligned Movement was led by countries like India, Indonesia, and Brazil to forge a new, independent socialist destiny. It viewed the Cold War as an act of quasi-imperialism, which diverted attention from the Third Worlders’ nationalist interest in expropriating wealth from First World businesses and their interest in gaining independence from the influence of both the United States and the Soviet Union. As Obama said in Cairo, “More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.”

    In this view, Russia will not treated with exceptional respect, and it wasn’t on his recent state visit. Instead, it’s just a big hungry bear that needs to be appeased so the real business of radicalizing the home front and forging common cause with “oppressed peoples” at home and in the Third World can continue.

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