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Saturday, 8 July 2017
Trump stokes up Polish nationalism!
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test will have ‘consequences’, while launching into a tirade against Russia for supporting Syria.
|A Red Army soldier raises the Hammer and Sickle above the Reichstag, completing its liberation of Eastern Europe
Speaking at a press conference in the Polish capital of Warsaw on Wednesday, Trump said he was considering a ‘severe’ response to Pyongyang’s ‘very bad behaviour’.
‘I call on all nations to confront this global threat and publicly demonstrate to North Korea that there are consequences for their very, very bad behaviour,’ Trump said, while standing next to his Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda.
During Wednesday’s press conference in Warsaw, Trump said Washington and its allies were working to counter Moscow’s ‘destabilising behaviour’.
He then addressed the crowds in Warsaw’s main square whipping up Polish nationalism and anti-Russian passions, which included suggesting that Poland, which gets its fuel via the EU’s access to Russian supplies, should free itself from Russia’s fuel grip by breaking ranks with the EU and turning to the US as its supplier of vital energy.
Trump told the huge crowds that had been bussed into the rally: ‘To the citizens of this great region, America is eager to expand our partnership with you.
‘We welcome stronger ties of trade and commerce as you grow your economies and we are committed to securing your access to alternate (sic) sources of energy so Poland and its neighbours are never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy...
‘For two centuries, Poland suffered constant and brutal attacks, but while Poland could be invaded and occupied and its borders even erased from the map, it could never be erased from history or from your hearts …
‘For Americans, Poland has been a symbol of hope since the beginning of our nation. Polish heroes and American patriots fought side by side in our War of Independence and in many wars that followed.
‘Our soldiers still serve together today in Afghanistan and Iraq, combating the enemies of all civilisation. For America’s part, we have never given up on freedom and independence as the right and destiny of the Polish people and we never, ever will.
‘Our two countries share a special bond forged by unique histories and national characters, it’s a fellowship that exists only among people who have fought and bled and died for freedom...’
Blurring over the fact that it was the 1917 Russian revolution that destroyed the Czarist empire whose immediate gain was the freeing and independence of Poland Latvia, Lithuania, and Finland from the Russian imperial yolk, Trump declared, ‘This is a nation more than one thousand years old. Your borders were erased for more than a century and only restored just one century ago.’
He then declared, ‘In 1920, in the miracle of Vistula, Poland stopped the Soviet army bent on European conquest.’
In fact the Red Army was chasing the numerous intervention forces out of just-liberated Russia.
Trump continued: ‘Then, 19 years later, in 1939 you were invaded yet again, this time by Nazi Germany from the West and the Soviet Union from the east …’
The Stalin Hitler pact was signed by Stalin to try to secure peace for Russia.
The Nazis used it to attack France and drive the UK out of the EU mainland, before Hitler showed his real war aim, by attacking Russia in 1941 to destroy the Bolshevik revolution and its gains.
Trump went on to deny that the Red Army liberated Poland from fascism implying that the German Army and the Red Army were both oppressors of the Polish people.
The Red Army went on to win the war by taking and occupying the German capital.
Skating over all of this Trump continued that, ‘Now among the most committed members of the NATO alliance, Poland has resumed its place as a leading nation of a Europe that is strong, whole and free. A strong Poland is a blessing to the nations of Europe and they know that …
‘This continent no longer confronts the spectre of communism. But today we’re in the West and we have to say that there are dire threats to our security and to our way of life.
‘You see what’s happening out there. They are threats, we will confront them, we will win, but they are threats.
‘We are confronted by another oppressive ideology, one that seeks to export terrorism and extremism all around the globe.
‘America and Europe have suffered one terror attack after another.
‘We’re going to get it to stop.’
He went on to describe his meeting with the Saudi ruling class and the other cut-throat regimes of the Gulf, all known sponsors of terrorism. It is not an accident that, after his visit, the war in the Yemen was stepped up and the boycott of Qatar begun, because of its relations with Iran.
Trump went to Saudia Arabia to stoke up a war against Iran.
He said of his visit: ‘During a historic gathering in Saudi Arabia, I called on the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations to join together to drive out this menace which threatens all of humanity.
‘We must stand united against these shared enemies to strip them of their territory and their funding and their networks and any form of ideological support that they may have.
‘While we will always welcome new citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind.
‘We are fighting hard against radical Islamic terrorism and we will prevail. We cannot accept those who reject our values and who use hatred to justify violence against the innocent.
‘Today the West is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, undermine our confidence and challenge our interests.
‘To meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes and cyber warfare, we must adapt our alliance to compete effectively in new ways and on all new battlefields.
‘We urge Russia to cease its destabilising activities in Ukraine and elsewhere and its support for hostile regimes including Syria and Iran and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and in defence of civilisation itself.
‘Finally, on both sides of the Atlantic our citizens are confronted by yet another danger, one firmly within our control.
‘This danger is invisible to some, but for millions it evolves. The steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people.
‘The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations, but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.
‘Americans, Poles and nations of Europe value individual freedom and sovereignty.
‘We must work together to confront forces, whether they come from inside or out, from the south or the east, that threaten over time to undermine these values and to erase the bonds of culture of faith and tradition that make us who we are.’
However, those heady days are gone forever.
Those were the days when British and US imperialism could chase around the world slaughtering millions as the UK and US ruling classes piled up their billions and trillions of wealth.
His ‘individual freedom’ and ‘pursuit of dreams’ amounts to the ‘right’ of the ruling class and the bosses to super-exploit the masses of the world without any regulation.
Stoking up Polish nationalism does not serve the interests of the Polish or any other section of the world working class.
On the centenary of the 1917 revolution, which smashed the Tsarist ‘prison house of the nations’ and freed the Poles, the Fins, the Baltic states and many other peoples, capitalism is being plunged into its greatest crisis ever.
This time round the task of the workers of the world is to complete the world socialist revolution begun in Russia in 1917, by overthrowing capitalism in the EU, the UK and the US to create a new world socialist republic under which the massive development of the productive forces will be used to raise human society to new heights out of the depths of the capitalist crisis and class society.
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