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Yes, he MAY have shown inspirational in the face of Communist tyranny and YES he did win a Nobel Peace Prize but I’m afraid Lech Walesa is not wanted at the White House…

 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Polish officials requested that Walesa accept the Medal of Freedom on behalf of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish Underground during World War II who was being honored posthumously this week. The request makes sense. Walesa and Karski shared a burning desire to rid Poland of tyrannical subjugation. But President Obama said no.  Administration officials told the Journal that Walesa is too “political.” A man who was arrested by Soviet officials for dissenting against the government for being “political” is being shunned by the United States of America for the same reason 30 years later. Meanwhile, one of the recipients of the Medal was Dolores Huerta, the honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. So socialist politics are acceptable, but not the politics of a man who stood up and fought socialism.

Why is Walesa left out in the cold? Is it that Obama is unhappy inviting in those who opposed Communism? Is it a display of petulance because Walesa has called Obama a Socialist? To my mind this shows how SMALL MINDED a President occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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13 thoughts on “NO ROOM FOR WALESA

  1. Karski and Walesa are two extraordinarily brave patriots. It’s too late for Karski, but Walesa ought to take it as a badge of honour that the likes of Obama would snub him.

    The greater context is, of course, so what? The US is merely just another country, a foreign nation to Poles. Freedom and liberty, and awards in their defence, were not founded in the US, and they will long outlive the US. It has no proprietary ownership of liberty.

    A Medal of freedom from DC (of all places), awarded to foreigners? What an irony that’s becoming.

  2. Yes.

    Walesa is a great man of principle, a great Pole, a historic figure

    Is Obama going out ofhis way to offend the Poles?

    The other day he made a tone deaf reference to ” Polish Death Camps ” during the war. He really did.

  3. A Medal of freedom from DC (of all places), awarded to foreigners? What an irony that’s becoming.

    Well said Pete.

  4. Walesa is a born leader. Sullen and understated, uneducated and highly intelligent, and absolutely brave without self-conscious heroics – from the beginning the Polish workers knew they had in him a man they could trust to the death.

    It was his honesty and natural goodness that brought down the Polish Communists as much as anything else. He deserves every honour given him.

  5. Walesa was a key player, for Reagan, Thatcher, and the Pope, Obama is a marxist, and a shallow vain man. He couldn’t allow himself the personal humility to allow Walesa to accept the award, Obama is a true believer that the former soviet system was the better system. It took him 3 days to apologize to the poles over the Death camp remark. He tried to just brush it off with a statement from a subordinate.

  6. Lech Walesa,
    A very modern hero and patriot in the classical mould. A shipyard electrician who deserves the respect and admiration of us all.
    http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/POLwalesa.htm

    I doubt he would care personally what anyone thought of him, but on behalf of his beloved Poland this slight will hurt.
    I am afraid your POTUS has not only slighted Poland, he has slighted the American people and the values they profess to hold dear.

  7. Petr

    I suggest that you read about the great Walesa

    Who played a great part in removing the foreign imposed yoke on Poland

    Much beloved by his countrymen

  8. It will be interesting to see what the “Petr Pan” of Revolutionaries thinks of Lech: He may recognise a true revolutionary man of the people who inspired the people to throw of the yoke of – now what was it again…?

  9. Agit8ed,
    would it disappoint you to hear that Walesa, like so many salt-of-the-earth types in eastern Europe, had an earthy anti-semitism about him, and was very close to and influenced by people who would be despised on this site for their blatant anti-semitism?

  10. “would it disappoint you to hear that Walesa, like so many salt-of-the-earth types in eastern Europe, had an earthy anti-semitism about him, and was very close to and influenced by people who would be despised on this site for their blatant anti-semitism?”

    Noel my literary friend,
    I hope things are settling down a little bit for you at home. I really am sorry for a few remarks I made whilst ignorant of your late father’s condition.

    Yes it would disappoint me, but his views on Jews (that rhymes!)is one thing, and his undoubted heroism and leadership is another. It does not diminish his achievements.
    As we have said before, truth is truth.
    Actually Martin Luther wasn’t too keen on the Jews either, but he too was a hero.

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