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Posted: 12/30/2005 10:56:35 PM EDT
ISN Security Watch

After only four weeks in office, the Polish right-wing government of Lech Kaczynski has provoked Moscow by releasing Warsaw Pact Cold War-era war game plans and agreeing to publish over 1,700 documents that may embarrass former ally Russia.

At a Friday press conference, Polish Defense Minister Radoslaw Sikorski presented a map from 1979 showing the expected nuclear strikes across Central Europe under one Warsaw Pact planning scenario for armed conflict with NATO forces.

He also signed an order allowing researchers access to Poland’s hitherto secret Warsaw Pact archives, in defiance of a confidentiality agreement among the former alliance members.

The new conservative government in Poland is keen to distance itself from the country’s Communist past and to highlight the dominant role of the Soviet Union within the Warsaw Pact. Sikorski said the publication of the classified archives would help bring an end to the “post-Communist period”.

He also said it would increase Polish citizens’ understanding of their role as an “unwitting ally” in a military pact that would have risked the country’s annihilation in the event of a conflict with NATO.

(complete article here)
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:10:18 PM EDT
The Poles rock.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:12:45 PM EDT
I love my underfolder kit...
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:12:53 PM EDT
No more Polish jokes. We need more friends like them.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:18:01 PM EDT
Im still gonna make pollock jokes, even though their our buddies in Europe. Too bad we dont have any buddies who fought with us in WWII, seems all our buddies have been our enemies for half a century or more until recently.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:20:11 PM EDT
I promise to stop eating polish sausage
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:38:01 PM EDT
Interesting news indeed.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:44:21 PM EDT
My Calculus teacher was from Poland...he was cool.
Link Posted: 12/30/2005 11:50:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2005 12:17:26 AM EDT by GiggleSmith]
I wonder what the DUm-DUms will make of that?
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 12:01:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By nf9648:
Too bad we dont have any buddies who fought with us in WWII, seems all our buddies have been our enemies for half a century or more until recently.




Are you really that ignorant?

Link Posted: 12/31/2005 12:03:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By R-32:
I love my underfolder kit...



Are the Polish underfolders still on the market? I want one when I get home.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 12:08:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By thompsondd:
No more Polish jokes. We need more friends like them.



Man, after decades of verbal abuse, and they are still cool to us....I guess we need to re-write the joke books and insert "Frog" in place of "Pollack".

Link Posted: 12/31/2005 12:34:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Garand_Shooter:

Originally Posted By R-32:
I love my underfolder kit...



Are the Polish underfolders still on the market? I want one when I get home.



You bet!

the kits are getting a little thin, but there are still some good builds to be had.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 12:39:20 AM EDT
With any luck, Poland will never get "Franceified" in their Foriegn and Domestic policies.

Rock on, Poland.
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 12:42:41 AM EDT

Originally Posted By HarrySacz:
I promise to stop eating polish sausage



Link Posted: 12/31/2005 1:52:09 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/31/2005 1:52:32 AM EDT by RockHard13F]

Originally Posted By thompsondd:
No more Polish jokes. We need more friends like them.



+1

-Ben
Link Posted: 12/31/2005 2:11:26 AM EDT
There wasn't anything amusing about the possibility of a war at the time.
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