Says Poland’s deputy Foreign Minister, Jan Truszczynski: “Belarus is one of the last bastions of authoritarianism in Europe. The European Union will have to deal with these crackdowns in a more effective way. There should be some form of sanctions imposed on the leadership, including a travel ban.”
Poland is not happy, not just because it doesn’t appreciate a crackdown on its minority in Belarus, but because it historically sees itself as the leader of the pro-democracy forces in the region. Poland has played an important international role in support of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution last year; the presence of a Soviet throwback on its eastern border offends Poland’s sense of historical progress.
Two quick questions:
1.) Several years ago, I read an article about how Poland was history’s unsung hero, having saved the western world and Democracy numerous times (the Miracle at the Vistula, etc.), but that it is never really remembered how important their role has been. Does anyone remember the piece I am talking about?
2.) Any recommendations on a book/website on European history that would primarily look at non-Soviet eastern Europe?