Nobody should forget that Poland is a NATO member and is therefore under the US’ nuclear umbrella, which means that any kinetic manifestation of Russia’s possible denazification of that country would likely lead to World War III and therefore the predictable end of the world in a nuclear apocalypse. Newsweek knows this yet it still thought to fearmonger with its factually false headline in order to ramp up the US-led West’s Russophobic infowar campaign.
The US-led Western Mainstream Media’s information warfare campaign against Russia includes a crucial fake news component that was most recently on display in the headline of Newsweek’s latest article about Russian-Polish relations. Titled “Putin Ally Pushes Russia Toward War With Poland”, it decontextualized Duma deputy Oleg Morozov’s Telegram post about the denazification of Poland to ridiculously claim that it implies a literal push toward war with that NATO member. According to the outlet, “It was not immediately clear why Morozov reportedly believes that Poland is in need of ‘denazification’”, yet the exact same Telegram post that they cited in the prior sentence literally explains that he made this comment after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described Russia as a “cancer’.
Nothing in his short post implies anything connected to war, just denazification, though Newsweek interpreted that as supposedly implying the expansion of Russia’s ongoing special military operation in Ukraine to Poland. That’s the wrong way to look at it though since denazification can be promoted through non-military means too. For instance, raising awareness of Morawiecki’s recent boast about how Poland set the global standard for Russophobia can get the rest of the world to recognize that leadership’s embrace of fascism seeing as how that ideology is a variant thereof that’s no less evil than antisemitism, Islamophobia, and racism. In turn, members of the international community might pressure Poland to moderate its views, even though this is unlikely to be successful.
Similarly, reminding everyone of how over 600,000 Red Army soldiers were martyred while liberating Poland from the Nazis’ genocidal occupation that exterminated more than 6 million of its people in just a half-decade can raise obvious questions about why many Poles nowadays wrongly equate the USSR with Nazi Germany. Just like with drawing attention to Morawiecki’s embrace of fascism, this also probably wouldn’t be successful but it can at least set the proper context within which the international community can objectively assess its leadership’s policies if they have the political will to do so. With time, it’s hoped that average Poles might eventually reconsider their increasingly fascist interpretation of history and current events in order to ultimately push back against this hateful trend.
Nobody should forget that Poland is a NATO member and is therefore under the US’ nuclear umbrella, which means that any kinetic manifestation of Russia’s possible denazification of that country would likely lead to World War III and therefore the predictable end of the world in a nuclear apocalypse. Newsweek knows this yet it still thought to fearmonger with its factually false headline in order to ramp up the US-led West’s Russophobic infowar campaign. This might have be done for more than just the sake of it, however, since it could also serve to misportray Poland as an “innocent sheep” according to its leadership’s liking ahead of its possible military intervention into Western Ukraine that Russian officials have recently warned might happen sometime soon.
On the topic of “innocence”, it also deserves mentioning that what Russia has been doing in Ukraine since 2014 with respect to reunifying with its historic regions through democratic means is practically the same thing that the interwar Second Polish Republic did in Lithuania via the “Republic of Central Lithuania” that it created to that end from 1920-1922. This makes the Polish leadership’s criticism of Russian actions hypocritical and exposes them as being driven by the fascist variant of Russophobia instead of legitimate support for the international status quo that deprives the indigenous Russian people of Eastern and Southern Ukraine of the right to democratically reunify with their historical homeland.
With this in mind, Morozov’s claim that Poland requires denazification is accurate since its leadership and an increasingly large number of Poles espouse the fascist variant of Russophobia. Nevertheless, their potential denazification is impossible to carry out by military means owing to that country falling under the US’ nuclear umbrella, but that doesn’t mean that it still can’t be advanced, both by Russia and other sincere anti-fascists across the world, including within Polish society itself. Everything will probably get a lot worse before it gets any better since fascism’s revival in the US-led West has proceeded at an unprecedented pace since the start of Russia’s ongoing special military intervention in Ukraine, which is why nobody should expect any tangible progress anytime soon.