Poland’s Independence Day falls on November 11, the same as Remembrance Day.
Which makes it easy for the journos of the world to remember to have another 24 Hour Hate of anyone anyone patriotic.
Independence Day means a hell of a lot to the Poles; they have truly suffered under foreign rulers for centuries and it was not until the John Paul II, the only Polish Pope, that the impetus to throw off Soviet domination got real impetus when he co-incided with Solidarity . And all that is still in living memory of Poles.
Patriotism today (journalists write) is for low-class, white-trash, far-right rednecks; regarded with a superior smirk, basically only for the likes of Trump and the skinheads, and Poland’s Independence Day is written up with the same perverted headlines – Far Right March, Europe Fears Far Right Resurgence, Right Emotions Run High and the like.
The slogan for the 2017 Independence Day March is “We Want God,” in 2016, it was “Poland, the Bastion of Europe,” – horrible right themes and bad enough; but in 2013 somebody burned the Gay’s Rainbow Arch at one of Warsaw’s most famous squares, Plac Zbawicela, and that tore it for the ABC and Fairfax and Guardian and NYT and the rest. Every year since, no matter what the Poles do on Independence Day the press brings out memories of this bonfire to purse their lips and pull their skirts away from Poland as an irredeemably homophobic, anti-semetic far-right country.
The fact that the arch celebrating anal sex was built by the Polish government in an effort to placate gays is ignored. As is the fact that they built the arch directly opposite the Church of the Holiest Saviour in a taunt to religious Poles, not to mention that Plac Zbawicela itself means “Saviour Square.”
Every year left wing groups organise to disrupt Independence Day and every year since the burning of the arch the crowds grow and bands play patriotic songs while western media has fits over ‘clashes’ and displays scorn for old-fashioned attitudes.
Last year, and this, the marches went ahead peacefully which meant news outlets had to go back to recalling and sniffing at right-winger attitudes and homophobia again.
November 11, 2017, marks 99 years of Polish independence after 123 years of being partitioned between Prussia, Russia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. How they survived as a nation after so long is always a source of wonder to internationally minded journos ignorant of the deepest feelings of love of country. It took Ireland 800 years and the Irish are still not forgiven. If you look at the image above you will see it advertises a celebration of Polish independence this year – in Galway, Ireland!
As far as the media is concerned patriotism only provides skinheads an opportunity to display ‘hatred’.
What makes it worse for the secular press is that, as in Ireland, it was the Catholic Church that played a key role in preserving Poland’s sense of identity under the 19th-century partitions and later under communism. Father Jerzy Popiełuszko was a young Polish Roman Catholic priest who became associated with the opposition Solidarity trade union in communist Poland and was murdered in 1984 by three agents of Służba Bezpieczeństwa (Secret service, for want of a better translation) and the monument to striking Solidarity workers is a huge construction of two steel Christian crosses.
There is a despicable taint of anti-semitism everywhere in the world but any display in Poland and it is pounced on on by the media as something special, something to be remembered and condemned – as if they really give a shit for Judaism or Israel.
Poles have been taught for years that in order to be as successful as Western European nations, they needed to shed some of their cultural national identity and act more like the French and the British – nations with diminishing nationality, countries without borders and for a while Polish authority, generally enamored with the economic success of the Western model, went along.
But thanks to Mad Mother Merkel and her German bankers there was a simultaneous financial crisis, an invasion of Muslims, and unprecedented terrorist attacks. Many Poles to start questioning this EU model and began to assert that the feelings they had been reluctant to admit to publicly for years were regarded by most of their countrymen as just common sense opinions, and the same mood that inspired Lech Walensa returned.
If the left-soaked world media think it is bad this year, wait till 2018 – the 100th year of the restoration of Polish sovereignty.
When the national anthem is virtually a battle cry beginning with the defiant “Poland is not yet lost” you have to feel that the EU and world media can gnash their teeth if they want, but Poland will never fall again.