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Poland and USA

Poland and the USA: Contracts for Rebuilding Iraq

Polish President feels misled by not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Here is the second part of the explanations of a development in Polish-American mutual relations since January, when Polish pres. Kwasniewski met with G.W.Bush in White house in Washington DC.

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Kwasniewski meets with Bush: Is Poland still offering unquestioning support to the U.S. War on Terror?

Polish President told a small groups of reporters on March 17, 04 that he feels misled by not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to. He also said that Poland might try withdrawing its troops from Iraq early next year instead of previously stated date of mid-1005.


What might lead to the sudden change of the course in Polish politics? Aleksander Kwasniewski - Polish president, is known as a good diplomat. To explain it - we will present the development in the Polish-Americans relations during the last couple of months.

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Polish Military Zone in Iraq

When we started a series of articles about Europe versus war in Iraq it was Spring of 2003. Since then a situation in Iraq changed completely. The war is over but the peaceful mission in Iraq did not finished yet. Iraq even without Saddam Hussein is still a very unstable and dangerous place. Polish president - Aleksander Kwasniewski was in Washington in January 2004 and met with USA president George Bush. We will talk about political and especially about economical results of his visit in the next article. Let me here focus on Polish military mission in Iraq.

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The Attitudes of Poles towards the USA - Why Poles love America?

Historically, people of Poland and other countries of Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Baltic Republic etc) had always very friendly attitude towards the USA.

There are many reasons:

The massive immigration at the end of XIX century took place from Eastern Europe to America. You can read more about it in a series of articles about History of Polish Immigration. People from Eastern Europe believed that it was very easy to get rich in America, that this is a dream place to be in - especially compared to the place where they lived. One of the first massive Eastern European immigration originated from poor, mountainous regions of South Poland and Slovakia, America for them was a dream country, a country of potential prosperity. Since this immigration happened not a long time ago (the end of XIX century) many Americans of Eastern European origin are keeping in touch with their country of origin and their families in Poland. Polish Americans can usually trace their families in Poland, they identigy themselves as Polish Americans, whereas Americans from earlier immigration often cannot identify their roots properly in censuses calling themselves just Americans.

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Poland and the USA: A Culture Clash

First of all - the USA is much bigger, more powerful country than Poland is. There was a time in the history that Polish-Lithuanian Kingdom was a biggest state in Europe. But the size was not really equaling a political power. Polish kingdom was not considered powerful and imperialistic - except having interests to the East. Poland never had colonies, as England or Netherland, which were smaller in size but had a strong navy.

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