Poland From Afar
Are better relations with Russia really in the offing? Many people I spoke with immediately smelled the dirty hand of Moscow in the Smolensk crash, no present evidence required. The great historian Richard Pipes was quoted in the Polish press predicting a worsening of Polish-Russian relations, mainly because of the Poles’ historically grounded distrust. Instead, we’ve seen just the opposite, noble gestures toward one another on both the Polish and Russian side and genuine talk of reconciliation and Slavic brotherhood, all this without any soft-pedaling at all regarding Stalinist Russian responsibility for the Katyn massacres. If even the likes of Putin and Medvedev subscribe to the notion that the truth shall set you free, who knows what good things lie in store.