Poland's Walesa says the US no longer world leader
Poland’s former president and Solidarity founder, Lech Walesa, talks
to The Associated Press in Warsaw.
May 23, 2014 4:20 PM
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's former president and Nobel Peace
laureate, Lech Walesa, said Friday he plans to urge President Barack
Obama to take a more active world leadership role when he visits
Poland in June.
Speaking to The Associated Press, Walesa said "the world is
disorganized and the superpower is not taking the lead. I am
The former Solidarity leader said that when he meets Obama in
Warsaw, he wants to tell him that the U.S. should inspire and
encourage the world into positive action.
"The point is not in having the States fix problems for us or fight
somewhere, no," Walesa said. "The States should organize us,
encourage us and offer programs, while we, the world, should do the
rest. This kind of leadership is needed."
"I will say: Either you want to be a superpower and guide us, or
you should give the superpower to Poland and we will know what to do
with it. Amen," said Walesa, who is known for sometimes abrasive
Obama is traveling to Poland next month to mark 25 years since the
country emerged from communism.
The two failed to meet on Obama's previous visit to Warsaw in 2011.
Walesa led Poland's peaceful transition to democracy in the 1980s.
The June 4, 1989 elections gave Solidarity a share in the power and
paved the way for the ouster of communists.
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(This piece of news prompted me to write a letter to the President
Lech Walesa – see below)
Letter to President
Bloomfield, MI, USA
May 28, 2014
President of the
Republic of Poland
Długi Targ 24
Dear President Wałęsa,
“I could not have said
it any better myself”
Please, forgive me such
a direct statement, but it resulted from my emotional reaction in
response and in consequence of your statement about the expected
role of America, which you have made during an interview with the
Associated Press on May 23, 2014, prior to the anticipated visit of
President Obama in Poland for celebration of the 25th
anniversary of the regaining of freedom and independence. I fully
support your ideas. I have been living in the USA for several years,
and recently I am observing with great sadness and disappointment
the substantial changes in the way of life and leadership, and in
particular recent strong “turn to the left” in politics.
I graduated from the
Medical School in Poland in 1956. After retiring following many
years of work in Poland and then in the United States as a
cardiologist, my involvement and interest turned to history, social
problems and politics (at the local level). Based on my previous
personal experiences, I am attempting to provide information to the
group of friends and acquaintances and get them more involved – they
appear to be somewhat passive and display a rather low level of
interest and knowledge of the problems and differences between the
political and economic systems, i.e. problems which America is
facing now and is threatened by them. My wife Carmen is of great
help in this respect – having been born in Puerto Rico and being an
US citizen, she dared to join me for two years (1962 – 1964) in
Poland, and became familiar with the life and difficulties at that
time there. She learned to love Poland and her people and is now her
greatest “ambassador” and promoter, and shares her personal
experiences and warnings. It is sometimes difficult and a dose of
“łopatologia” (in polish – basic “explanations for dummies”) is
Along with our words of
greatest admiration and respect for you, Mr. President, I take a
liberty to attach to this letter an example of one of the brochures,
prepared by us for distribution among our friends – it explains the
threats facing America using an example of Poland and her recent
We remain with highest
respect, gratitude and many thanks for your tireless work for Our
Country – Poland.
Dr. Waldemar J.
Assoc. Prof. of Medicine
and Cardiology (retired)
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan, USA
MI 48322, USA
- (Family Tree)
(I decided later to deliver this
letter to Pres. Wałęsa personally, it was important to us to meet
Him in person – see below).
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
President Lech Wałęsa in Gdańsk
friend in Sopot, Włodek Dembicki, was able to arrange a visit with
the former President in his office in Gdańsk. We were met there by a
very distinguished-looking lady and introduced to the former
president – it was a former professor of medicine, Dr.
Joanna Muszkowska - Penson,
who is also his advisor and in charge of the office. After having
been seated and after a short exchange of courtesies and thanking
the President for his life-long struggle for the freedom of Poland,
(with the help from the then Pope and now
the Saint John Paul II
and President Ronald Reagan), conversation switched to the future
and progress seen in medicine and cardiology – (should there be some
boundaries and restrictions to prevent “excessive or unnecessary”
interfering with the “God’s plans”?). I was also able to hand to the
President a copy of my letter and of our “brochure” containing the
warnings to our American friends and describing the life in Poland,
while under Communism and comparing it with that in the West at that
time and warning about current threat of arrival of Socialism.
The President, Carmen, Paweł and Waldemar
(Zdjęcie zrobione telefonem komórkowym Pana Prezydenta, do
zamieszczenia na jego stronie internetowej
Placing our pictures on his website
Paweł, Carmen, Pres. Lech Wałęsa and Waldemar
Przygotowali: Waldemar J Wajszczuk & Paweł Stefaniuk