May 3rd, ‘enchanted’ forest and war …

Usually on Sunday (in the early morning, as ‘endomondo’ says so nicely) I run ahead. Today there is no Sunday, but there is a day off, so I ran too. And as always, through the ‘enchanted’ forest …

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The ‘enchanted’ forest as always, but today’s day off is not an ordinary day off. Today we have the Constitution Day of May 3. And in it were written the following words: “The nation must defend itself from attack and to keep its integrity, therefore all citizens are defenders of the whole.” Unfortunately, then these words remained only on paper. As the future army of Tsarina Catherine, we were not ready. ..

Today, while running through this ‘enchanted’ forest, I remembered these words and my note in which I recalled them. It was only less than three years ago and how different the world was then. Did this woman, talking about the fact that they ‘enjoy these tanks’, thought about the real war then …?

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26.08.2019

A parade in Katowice and an ‘enchanted’ forest

On Saturday morning or Sunday, I run around my neighborhood. Since the estate, i.e. the district of Gdynia in which I live, is located on the outskirts of the city, I also run around the groves in the area. And there is one that I called ‘enchanted forest’. Because whenever I run that way, I will go astray. And so it was last Sunday. I ran through the ‘enchanted forest’ and of course I lost my way. But there is no harm that does not turn out to be good. As I ran through the wilderness in search of the right path, I saw a sight that I could not resist. So I stopped to take a picture. The photo which is below. Beautiful view – thuja, pine trees, white villa, blue sky, almost Tuscany. And this is with us, in our Polish Gdynia, in Dąbrowa. On the edge of town, someone has built a house for himself.

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A cart pulled by a wasted horse on a dirt road – this was our trademark for many years, shown in the Western media. There are no wagons anymore. Now, on the outskirts of cities, where there were once poor villages, beautiful houses are being built. Many years had to pass for people to start building such houses in Poland. Many years, since this war and the destruction it brought, had to pass for people to earn enough again to afford to build such a house. In Tuscany, such houses have been the norm, a standard for many years, with us – they are just beginning to emerge. Last Sunday I was running in the ‘enchanted forest’. But before that, last Thursday, I was in Katowice, during a parade.

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When these tanks were passing by, as in the photo above, the young woman behind me said loudly – I’m happy with these tanks. A few words and how many reflections these words evoke. We lost the war in 1939 by tanks. The Germans had tanks and we didn’t. And the effect was as we all know. And the next question immediately arises. Why did the Germans have tanks and Poland did not. The first thought, the first explanation that comes to mind, is the difference in economic development. Germany at that time was economically developed, and Poland was backward. Yes, this is an explanation, but only partial. There are countries that are not an economic power, but a military power, and yes. An example is Turkey, not to look any further.

And here there will be a change of subject again (this time, however, without a photo). Well, for some time, Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego has been organizing conferences devoted to economic topics. And it so happened that I was at such a conference. One of the speakers was Major Rocco A. Spencer – a native American. He spoke about responsible leadership (also in the economy). And in presenting the topic of responsible leadership, he referred to the 39th war. And he said yes. We lost this war (he said it in the 1st person, he lives in Poland, but it was nice to hear such words from an American) because our generals DIDN’T LEARN.

Before I heard these words from Major RA Spencer, a Native American, similar thoughts were on my mind too. Between 20 and 39 of last year only 19 years have passed. The war in 1920. Poles won! On the other hand, the 1st WW ended a year earlier. And the Germans lost this war! What is the conclusion of this? The Germans lost the war, so at all costs they were looking for a way to win the next one. And they concluded (rightly) that this is how tanks are. However, the war in 1920. Poles won. So the Polish generals came to the conclusion that they would also win the next one. The same way as they won the previous one, that is on horses. Of course, please do not suspect me that I say that the Polish cavalry was attacking the tanks, because it was not so. Nevertheless, there were no tanks either. Because our generals, unlike the German ones, did not think tanks were absolutely necessary. Inertia of thinking! We won once – this is the second time we will also win. On the other hand, time moved on and our generals – as Major Spencer put it – did not learn.

These tanks make me happy, said the young woman, looking at the passing tanks and armored vehicles. I didn’t speak out loud but mentally asked. Will tanks be the decisive factor in the outcome of the war these days? I do not know. I am not a military strategist. But even though I was also happy to see these tanks, I doubt it. Recently, a lot has been heard about the F-35 aircraft. Especially in the context of the upcoming visit of President D. Trump to Poland. That it is terribly expensive, that the Americans, by selling us these planes, look after their interests. And we, as always, let ourselves roll. Until now, it was a bit half-joking and half-serious. However, to be honest, when I read the argument that it is too expensive, that that and that, my blood is storming. Seriously! Can we produce such planes? Or maybe you can buy them somewhere cheaper? Or maybe the Americans are to give them to us for free? Of course not!

So I quote the words written by our ancestors in a fit of reflection (it was 228 years ago) just before the death of the First Republic: “The nation owes itself to defend itself from attack and to respect its whole, therefore all citizens are defenders of the whole.” we are not able to build such planes. We are not able to buy them cheaper. However, these planes will contribute to our safety. Because the war that will happen, and may never happen (you want to live in peace, prepare for war – says a Chinese proverb), will take place different than the last one, not on the ground, but in the air.

So it is our responsibility to buy these planes! Because the nation must protect itself from attack! So that this beautiful house, which is pictured at the beginning of this note, will stay there for many years. And so that no one would destroy it.

And glory to Polish generals and Polish politicians. That they are learning this time.

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Even greater praise to Ukrainian politicians and generals. They were studying diligently. What we in Poland were not fully aware of.


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