Hang on a minute? Do Poles not freely elect their own government these days?
Well, the communists did a good job on the nation. They elected communist Kwaśniewski for two terms (1995-2005) and the communist SLD as majority in Parliament. You know, the real Poles are few and the ones who fought for independent Poland consider what has happened after 1989 as high treason.
Don't the Polish government appoint the senior judges at the Justice Department
They are the same people. Like I said before, there was a chance in 1993 to replace all that scum during the six-month Olszewski (PM)government. They would have been all removed, but Wałęsa, Tusk, Kwaśniewski, Pawlak, Niesiołowski, Mazowiecki basically removed the PM in a midnight vote in the Parliament. They were affraid of Lustration.
Then in 2006 there was a chance for PiS to do something but they lacked majority in the Parliament. Their reign was ineffective. Now we are back with the same crews and business as usual on the glorious way to new socialism, EU style.
Don't the Polish government appoint ... the head of IPN and similar organisations
The IPN can bring charges; the courts decide. You see the result. Not one conviction for communist crimes. PO and SLD would love to shut down this organization. They have a lot of members with dirty secrets in their files.
seems Poland needs to get its political and governmental system in order first
I will have to keep repeating that there was never a real break. The communists only shared the power but remained in control of all the important sectors.
Polish People's Republic was not Polish
Where did all the Poles go? Did they all go and live in USA?
No, many were dumped a few hundred meters from where I sit now in an unmarked hole - like Pilecki, Fieldorf and many others. One of those Stalinist judges signed 178 death sentences.
I can see the logic of the legal argument, if state torture and murder was within the laws of communist Poland.
Maybe you can, but the concensus among scholars, historians, and legal authorities call that period a Soviet occupation with a puppet regime. BTW, the Soviet army only left Poland in 1997.
But again if this was such a big issue for the majority of Poles
It is only an issue for patriots; the rest preffers to amuse themselves with "Dance with the Stars."
why don't Poles vote in a government that will turf the court officials out of office and change the laws re culpability for state crimes in communist Poland?
Patrotism is out; cosmopolitan multi-cultural socialism is in. Where have you been?