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Former Polish defense minister Sikorski defects to opposition party
WARSAW, Poland: Radek Sikorski, the former defense minister in Poland's conservative government, said Wednesday he was breaking with the governing Law and Justice party to run in next month's election for its main rival, Civic Platform.Sikorski, a senator of international stature who stepped down as defense minister in February, said his decision was motivated by worsening political "convulsions" in Poland over recent months under Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
"I didn't change; the circumstances changed," Sikorski told reporters. "With a heavy heart, I must said that I am disappointed with Jaroslaw Kaczynski."
Sikorski ran in 2005 elections as an independent candidate aligned with Kaczynski's Law and Justice party.
As a former anti-communist dissident, Sikorski found much in common with the ethos of Law and Justice, whose ranks include many one-time activists of the Solidarity movement. The party campaigned two years ago on pledges to fight the corruption that flourished under the previous government of ex-communists.
However, he resigned as defense minister amid disagreements with the government, about which he has not offered details. His departure deprived the government of one of its most internationally prominent members.
Sikorski plans to run for the Sejm, the more powerful lower house of parliament, in his hometown of Bydgoszcz.
Civic Platform's ranks also include many former anti-communist dissidents. It is considered more pro-market than Law and Justice, as well as being less nationalist and conservative on some social issues.
"I still want a strong Poland in Europe — modern and honest. But today I think that Civic Platform will best implement this vision," Sikorski said.
Is he any relation to the Sikorski we had whacked?
No he isn't. Yep, you guys whacked him. Damn Brits.
Anyway, this is great news for PO.
haha I saw this thread earlier and thought someone had found out some historical seedy snippet about Władysław Sikorski !
Oh, I didn't know Jon was a Commie ... explains lots of things!
As I wrote before:
"Sikorski was no more assassinated than was Glenn Miller. There were tens of thousands of airplanes flying in 1943 when just a few years earlier there were virtually none. Maintenance and inspection frequency was stretched beyond anything that anyone would contemplate before or after the war. Parts were scarce, mechanics scarcer. There was no explosion or bomb. The plane rolled over immediately upon takeoff as it would if there had been a failure in the control system (steering cable), the pilot that had been belted and strapped into his seat survived; the passengers that were not died.
Not much more to note other than conspiracy theories are provocative and intriguing in a way that simple occurrence can never be."
Mind you that being no great fan of Sikorski I don't consider that the British would knock him off. If they were going to assasinate anyone surely DeGaulle would have topped the list.
"Upon learning of the “non-aggression” treaty signed by Ribbentrop and Molotov, Poland notified its allies the French and British of Poland’s intention of mobilizing its armed forces. The British and French insisted that Poland not do so. Several critical days passed with Poland reminding its allies of their treaty obligations of mutual defense. In late August France and Britain relented and agreed that Poland should mobilize.
Prior to the war the Polish command staff, the General Inspectorate of Armed Forces, devised two plans for defense against Germany. One entailed falling back to and defending the industrial core the other consisted of defending the frontier. The defense of the interior core was the strongest defensive position. It was rejected, however, for multiple practical reasons:
-It would surrender large portions of historical Poland and demoralize the armed forces.
-The evacuated lands were precisely the demanded concession of the Germans and the putative “cassi belli”.
-On the basis of the Munich and Sudetenland example Poland had no assurance that France and Britain would not allow for the permanent loss of those lands as a continuation of the policy of appeasement.
-From the opposite argument but devolving to the same conclusion; France and Britain had just represented that they would promptly come to Poland’s aid and open hostilities on the Western Front.
It is clear that Poland had no good options but in the final analysis chose the only viable option. The August-September political leadership was not to blame for its options and can not be faulted for its choices.
The great missed opportunity was the failure of France and Britain to attack Germany from the West. Records show that the Germans had to commit so many of their forces to the Polish campaign that the west was effectively undefended. Ten days into the invasion of Poland the German command had to move still more forces from the west as the campaign in Poland was not proceeding as quickly as anticipated and the loss of air forces and armor was substantially higher than anticipated.
What happened in the immediate aftermath of the September campaign was where certain Polish characters did not do great service. This is also where the repercussions of 1920 and Weygand’s dislike of Pilsudski and his entourage would doom France in 1940.
Sikorski who had been expelled from active service in the Polish military in the aftermath of pledging allegiance to both sides in the coup of 1926 had maintained his contacts with the French cadre surrounding Weygand. Making his way to France as a civilian, he persuaded the French to pressure the Romanians to keep interned the Polish Government and Military leadership which were intending to regroup in France to continue the war. President Moscicki, not being able to leave Romania used his constitutional authority to appoint Bolesław Wieniawa-Długoszowski as the Polish President in exile. The French refused to recognize him and effectively placed him under house arrest. Moscicki then appointed Władysław Raczkiewicz as president whom the French immediately accepted. Raczkiewicz in turn appointed Sikorski as Prime Minister.
This would all be nasty politics but the unfortunate effect was that such French as were inclined to think that the Poles were to blame for Poland’s defeat were validated by a pair that took ever opportunity to fault the actions of those who fought the September campaign and were interned in Romania. On the military side the great missed opportunity for the French armed forces was that they refused to learn from the Polish example of what worked best in countering the German form of mobile warfare. This coupled with German propoganda that Polish cavalry charged German tanks was designed to ensure that the highly effective Polish tactics would not be emulated in the west.
(In practice the Polish cavalry was the most feared element by German armoured units as it could move faster and was constantly able to penetrate the German rear lines and cut off forward armor units from their slower supply. The Soviets also did not learn this lesson. This because their great proponent of “tactics in depth” Mikhael Budyienny, who had learned the capablilty of Polish cavalry to penetrate in 1920, had been executed by Stalin who never forgave him for reporting to Lenin the shortcomings of Stalin in his command in 1920)
Sikorsky had such animous for the former Pilsudski cadre that when any escaped from Romania and made it to the west. They were confined to camp and not given any assignments or commands. Sikorski especialy worked to prevent Wacław Stachiewicz (one of the great military strategists and true tactical wonks of all time) from contacting his aquaintences from the Ecole Supérieure de Guerre and later from contacting his aquaintances on the command of Edmund Ironside. If one looks at what the Poles did right in September of 1939 and what was done wrong in May of 1940 it is not improbable that the allies could have prevailed and been victorious if they had employed a fraction of the knowledge that Poland had learned at great expense.
The great fault of the French at the start of WWII was not one of lack of resolve by the soldiers. It was their command staff that was locked in a fixed linear strategic philosophy and closed to any proponents of projection of force in depth such as deGaulle and the cadets of D’Angers. This was coupled with the philosophical intransigience of Weygand and Gamelin.
The Polish penchant for in-fighting exacerbated the limited inclination of the French to listen to outside ideas."
Most people in Poland believe he was killed by or for the Russians, with the helpful complicity of the UK government.
My own feeling is that given the British predilection for washing their dirty linen in public and apologising for things they really don't need to, it would be in the public domain if that had happened. After all, the UK government don't much seem to care what Poland thinks of them.
There are numerous conspiracy theories about it all (something of a Polish hobby), but there may well be an 'X factor' that has caused the UK government to seal the papers. Whatever it is could be a real surprise. A potential US role should not be discounted (by that stage in the war, few major decisions were made without Washington's approval), nor should forces as yet unknown be ignored.
Sikorski would have problems fitting in with any Polish political party - intelligent, open-minded, puts the country first, hates wasteful govt and wasters in govt, understands foreigners and can speak English fluently. And has a fantastic name.
All reasons why no electors would vote for him and no party would feel comfortable with him around.
He might just have been the right man for Poland. have you seen the monument to him near the site of his house on Belwederska?
Two trains of thought converge and crash.
Varsovian is writing about Radek.
Jon is writing about Władysław.
Radek is the man!!
He is the main reason why PiS won last time, ironically.
Have you read the book that he (Radek ) wrote a few years ago. He hit the nail on the head.
You see the original Sikorski he has the look of a leader. This is what I find missing in the current Polish political arena. Do you think anyone in Polish politics has the look of a leader?
[stunned silence as someone passes wind]
Rydzyk, the savior of Poland!
“President Lech Kaczyński has dismissed Radosław Sikorski from the Polish National Security Council,” informed Marcin Niesiołowski from the President’s Office Press Bureau, Tuesday.
Sikorski, a previous defense minister in the Law and Justice government, announced last week that he was switching parties in the election coming up on October 21 and will be standing for the government’s arch rivals Civic Platform.
Sikorski had remained on the National Security Council, however.
He will now occupy the first place of the Bydgoszcz ballot for Civic Platform (PO).