Ukraine Will Never Stop Glorifying Bandera No Matter How Much Poland Complains

Ukraine Will Never Stop Glorifying Bandera No Matter How Much Poland Complains

By Andrew Korybko

The tragic irony is that for as much as PiS wanted to carve out its own regional “sphere of influence” throughout the course of the Ukrainian Conflict, it inadvertently led to Poland falling under a combination of American, German, and even Ukrainian influence. This aspiring leader is now reduced to a “geopolitical sugar daddy” that continues feeding the spawn of its World War II-era fascist existential foe under the pain of regime change if it dares to withhold aid to protest Kiev’s glorification of Bandera.


Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki publicly expressed his deep indignation with the Ukrainian Parliament’s glorification of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera in a now-deleted tweet celebrating his 114th birthday on 1 January. Publicly financed TVP World quoted him as saying that he told his Ukrainian counterpart Denis Shymgal how unacceptable this was, adding that Morawiecki also shared his mother’s experience with Bandera’s terrorist UPA militia in Polish-era Ivano-Frankivsk (previously Stanislawow).

His protest won’t make any difference though since Ukraine will never stop glorifying Bandera no matter how much Poland complains. After Polish President Andrzej Duda hosted his counterpart Vladimir Zelensky last month on the latter’s way back to Kiev following his trip to DC despite the Ukrainian leader not apologizing for his country’s accidental missile strike in mid-November that killed two Poles, it became clear that Kiev is the real “senior partner” in the de facto Polish-Ukrainian confederation.

The truth is that once-proud Poland has been reduced to a “geopolitical sugar daddy” by Ukraine due to the desperation of the former’s leadership to carve out a “sphere of influence” in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE), to which end it always submits to every one of Kiev’s demands. In practice, this means that Ukraine can accidentally bomb Poland with impunity and glorify Bandera at the state level without consequence, knowing fully well that Warsaw will keep giving it whatever it needs to fight Russia.

There’s little that the Polish people can do either since the public expression of contrarian views about NATO’s proxy war on Russia through Ukraine is taboo and risks having one smeared as a so-called “Russian agent” or even harmed by nationalist mobs in the worst-case scenario. While a growing number of them are grumbling about the privileges that their government previously bestowed upon the millions of Ukrainian refugees that flooded into their country, few dare to criticize the conflict itself.

The ruling “Law & Justice” (PiS per its Polish acronym) party has manipulated popular perceptions to such an extent that complying with every one of Kiev’s demands is nowadays regarded as a so-called “patriotic duty”. Zelensky and his ilk, as the real “senior partners” in the de facto Polish-Ukrainian confederation, are therefore beyond reproach. Even their glorification of Bandera, whose fascist followers genocided 100,000-200,000 Polish during World War II, can’t be criticized too openly.

After all, the US-led West’s Mainstream Media (MSM) already revised history over the past year such an extent that all condemnations of Hitler’s genocidal collaborators (who also slaughtered numerous Jews too) are considered so-called “Russian propaganda”. This resulted in Poland’s partners redefining Polish patriotism and imposing their new concept upon Poles whereby those who’d proudly condemn Bandera out of respect for their fallen compatriots are now viewed with suspicion as “pro-Russian traitors”.

Bonafide Polish patriots can no longer love their country, its history, and people more than they hate Russia since they’re now supposed to swallow their pride by at the very least passively accepting Ukraine’s glorification of the same literal war criminal who genocided their people decades ago. Since Bandera is considered by many Ukrainians to be their so-called “founding father” and his toxic Russophobia inspires them to keep fighting, criticizing him is “politically incorrect” in the Golden Billion.

This de facto New Cold War bloc believes that all efforts must be made by everyone to indefinitely perpetuate NATO’s proxy war on Russia, and “spoiling Ukrainians’ spirits” by reminding them of objectively existing and easily verifiable facts about this fascist leader is considered “counterproductive”. Poles are therefore expected to shut up about him while their government is only allowed to occasionally virtue signal their objection to Kiev’s glorification of Bandera to placate its people.

Poland doesn’t have the US’ approval to meaningful do anything to punish Ukraine for its historical revisionism such as threatening to withhold military support for that former Soviet Republic. In the extremely unlikely scenario that Warsaw ever seriously countenanced such a thing, the joint US-German Hybrid War on Poland would immediately be revived in pursuit of regime change ahead of this fall’s general elections, which could also involve sanctions on spurious pretexts to manipulate the electorate.

The tragic irony is that for as much as PiS wanted to carve out its own regional “sphere of influence” throughout the course of the Ukrainian Conflict, it inadvertently led to Poland falling under a combination of American, German, and even Ukrainian influence. This aspiring leader is now reduced to a “geopolitical sugar daddy” that continues feeding the spawn of its World War II-era fascist existential foe under the pain of regime change if it dares to withhold aid to protest Kiev’s glorification of Bandera.


Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Voice of East.


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