WASHINGTON, July 7, 2017 — On September 1, 1939, Poland fell victim to the 20th century’s twin, existential evils: Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.
Poland did not truly break free from these invaders until the fall of communism in 1989.
A few days ago, speaking to an enthusiastic crowd gathered in Warsaw’s Krasiński Square, President Donald Trump said,
“Under a double occupation the Polish people endured evils beyond description: the Katyn forest massacre, the occupations, the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the destruction of this beautiful capital city, and the deaths of nearly one in five Polish people. A vibrant Jewish population – they systematically murdered millions of Poland’s Jewish citizens, along with countless others, during that brutal occupation.”
Trump is clearly looking for new allies in Europe. Not the pampered ones who expanded their nanny states while Americans bore the brunt of their continent’s defense against the Soviet Union; who were willing to allow the Russians to continue their brutal occupation of Eastern nations like Poland in the name of “peaceful coexistence”; who under NATO unleashed a humanitarian crisis in the Middle East with its invasion of Libya; and who lobbies vigorously for the U.S. to accept a flood of unvetted Muslim refugees like those dealing death to the innocent citizens of London, Paris, Brussels, etc.
As a favorite target of aggressive intruders, Poland has closed its borders to the invasion of Middle Eastern refugees, much to the chagrin of the European Union, which has threatened that nation with economic sanctions.
“For Americans, Poland has been a symbol of hope since the beginning of our nation,” President Trump continued. “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 civilization.”
It’s only because our educational system encourages ignorance that most fail to make the connection between the terms “civilization” and “Christendom.” It was Judeo-Christian concepts that pulled the post-Roman world out of the Dark Ages and informed the ideas of the Enlightenment that led to the American Revolution.
A civilization President Trump and the Polish people believe is worth preserving against the forces of totalitarian “submission.”
But preserving Western Civilization is anathema to some.
Karen Donfried, a member of the National Security Council during the Obama administration, told PBS’s Judy Woodruff she was disappointed Trump did not use the occasion of his speech to “affirm U.S. support for [NATO’s] Article 5,” which states that “an armed attack against one or more… in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all.”
“It was also significant that he [Trump] didn’t mention the European Union because typically, the U.S. has defined its relationship with Europe both through NATO, but also through U.S. cooperation with this body that emphasizes cooperation among Europeans,” said Donfried.
In other words, Trump recognizes Poland’s right to defend its independence against the bureaucratic dictates of the EU, which demands Poland adopt suicidal immigration policies imposed by Brussels; a capital city whose Molenbeek district the New York Times calls “Jihad Central”; a capital city that has become an armed camp thanks to unassimilated Muslim communities harboring Islamic terrorists.
“Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost?” asked Trump. “Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?”
Don’t bother asking the blind bureaucratic hacks of the EU or NATO. They still fail to grasp that lax immigration policies, followed by Islamic terror attacks across Europe and the United States, represent self-inflicted Article 5 attacks “against them all.”