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Not in My Name, czyli list do brytyjskiego dziennika The Guardian - odpowiedź na edytorial

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Wysłałam dziś list do Guardiana w odpowiedzi na ich tekst z wtorku. Oto jego treść:

After reading your editorial, published on February 20th, I felt probably what millions of my fellow citizens feel these days – great embarrassment and sadness at the outrageous policies of our government.

You have addressed the recent blunder of our PM, Mateusz Morawiecki, at the Munich conference. He mentioned there -in one sentence - the Jewish, Polish, German and other Eastern European ‘perpetrators’,  in this way presenting surprisingly weak sense of moral and historical evaluation of the past events. Surprisingly weak – for someone who comes from a country so terribly hurt by the Nazi Germany occupation, which wiped out 6 mln Polish citizens, including 3 mln Jews. Surprisingly weak – for someone who must know the difference between the murderers and the victims.  Surprisingly weak – for someone who wanted to disperse the bad impression his own party had stirred by passing the notorious law, prohibiting offending our nation.

You conclude your editorial  saying  “that nations as well as people can suffer from neurosis, in which they simply cannot face the realities of their situations”.

I can see the need to explain this, as you call it, ‘publicly neuralgic behaviour of Poland’ and the path of thinking that leads to the above generalization. However, I would like to clarify a very important issue that should not be missed by your readers. This government does not represent the whole nation and its actions should not be viewed as the voice of Poland despite its right to present itself as such.

Our nation has never been as divided as it is today. There are millions of Poles who strongly oppose to the strategy and opinions expressed by this government.

‘Not in my name’ – I would like to shout when I hear the outrageous statements of our government officials and leading politicians. ‘Not in my name’ - I hear from my friends and neighbours who, like me, disagree with this policy of making enemies on all frontlines, the policy of denying hideous crimes committed by our citizens during the war, the policy of accusing Ukraine of past crimes while being unable to admit to our own ones. Not in my name – when attacking others in defence of supposedly threatened Polish dignity and honour.

 The divide that splits our society in half is obvious to anyone familiar with a political situation in Poland.  It has been deepening ever since October 2015, when the rightwing party, Law and Justice, got the majority of votes in the parliament. Chosen only by 5,7 mln Poles, which stands for less than 20 % of our society, the party gained practically an absolute power for the following four years. According to the recent polls, they still have the leading position which is largely due to the popular social programs and the economic growth of our country. Unfortunately, the economic prosperity is not matched by the positive developments in Polish politics.

 The ruling party has been systematically deconstructing our democracy. The Constitutional Tribunal, the Supreme Court and the judicial system have been hijacked step by step through faulty legislation procedures. The party took over  the public media, the ruling boards of major public companies and all the important institutions, also the ones responsible for education and historical research. The wave of nationalist hysteria has been started, followed by the search of imaginary threats and enemies. Even the election system has been changed in order to give more control to the ruling party sympathizers. The achievements of the past 30 years have been discredited and sacrificed on the altar of the new ideology. It aims at creating a new, proud nation led by better-class elites. The elites, obviously, consisting of the acolytes and supporters of the ruling party.

In the past two years the actions of Law and Justice politicians have caused several waves of protests and brought thousands of Polish citizens to the streets. However, the protests are ineffective. We have a democracy (or at least something still reminding of it) and we have to wait with our disapproval until the next elections.

Meanwhile, we can only ask our friends in Europe and all over the world not to lose faith in modern Poland. We are proud of our country, which not so long ago, was considered  a great example of progress and transformation in the post-communist Europe. This country is still inhabited by millions of people who want to live in peace, respect all our neighbours, honour our commitments and stay strong with what we have already achieved. We want to be honest about our past, which includes facing the full truth about its difficult chapters. The discussion of the crime in Jedwabne was for many of us an opportunity to express our deepest sorrow and regret regarding the fate of our Jewish brothers and sisters during and after the war. We believe that in modern Poland there is no place for antisemitism, racism or tolerance for extreme nationalism.

We believe that in times of peace, which Poland has been enjoying for so long for the first time in its long history – the highest values are found in cooperation, trust, respect for education and the development of the civic society, not in a nationalist hysteria, created by the politicians of the ruling party.

Tak sobie myślę… ile jest takich osób, które się ze mną zgadzają? 

 

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