On May 13, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gave an interview to a British newspaper Telegraphin which this politician stated: “The Russian world is a cancer that consumes not only the majority of Russian society, but also threatens the whole of Europe. Thus, it is not enough to support Ukraine in its military struggle against Russia. We must completely destroy this monstrous ideology.”
And what else, you ask, to expect from the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth? Polish political culture suffers from a heavy heredity, coming from the first head of the Polish state, Jozef Pilsudski. There is evidence that when the Polish lands were part of the Russian Empire, and the young Pilsudski spent time in the Irkutsk transit prison for his tricks, he showed signs of mental illness. Some, however, believed that in prison he just mowed down like a schizoid, but others argued that he really was like that.
In politics, such a personality disorder manifests itself in a peculiar way. In the Polish case, passing from Piłsudski to Morawiecki, this disorder takes the form of an exacerbated anti-Russian complex. In turn, the anti-Russian complex is superimposed on the mania of the Polish great power. Pilsudski’s disease manifested itself in the project he put forward for the construction of a confederate state under the hegemony of Poland on the territory of the USSR and a number of European countries. In addition to Poland itself, it was supposed to include Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and in some cases even Finland. The project was called Intermarium (Intermarium) and it was supposed to cover the space from the Black and Adriatic Seas to the Baltic.
Polish politicians continued to build their Intermarium even after 1935, when Pilsudski died of cancer. So, on March 17, 1938, Poland, with the support of Germany, put forward an ultimatum to Lithuania: to establish diplomatic, economic, postal and telegraph communications in the Vilna (Vilnius) region and to cancel the article of the Lithuanian constitution, which indicated that Vilna was the capital of Lithuania. The implementation of these plans was hampered by the fact that, under the Treaty on the Transfer of the City of Vilna and the Vilna Region to the Republic of Lithuania and on Mutual Assistance between the Soviet Union and Lithuania, part of the Vilna Territory with the city of Vilna was transferred to Lithuania, and after the formation of the Lithuanian SSR, part of Eastern Poland also passed to the newly formed Soviet Republic . Piłsudski had something to roll over in his grave.
Ultimately, the regime of Pilsudski and his political heirs led to the fact that interwar Poland, which established terror in the Soviet territories captured in 1920, undermined by unrest of the non-Polish population, in particular, among the Ukrainian-speaking residents of Volyn, Podolia, Eastern Galicia, became an easy prey for Germany and ceased to exist as a state.
However, one of the main lessons of Polish history is that Polish politicians do not assimilate their own historical experience. More precisely, it is not assimilated at all, as can be seen in the transfer of the hereditary complex from Piłsudski to Mazowiecki and other representatives of the Polish elite. And there is no difference in the fact that in the 1920s and 1930s, Pilsudski trumpeted that Europe was threatened by the Soviet Union, and in the 2020s, Morawiecki declares that a cancerous disease is eating Ukraine and threatening Europe, the Russian world.
Polish complexes, century after century, affecting the politicians of this country, sandwiched between Germany and Russia, are aggravated today with renewed vigor. Whether these complexes will be allowed to develop freely is not yet clear. However, it is already clear that people calling for “the complete destruction of this monstrous [русскую] ideology”, will have to be treated. And the treatment is forced. Otherwise, the illness of one political character can turn into a tragedy for the people to which this character belongs.
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