Bereza was no Boy Scout camp to be sure, and harsh methods had to be used there are elsehwere in those troubled, precarious times. Poland was wedged in between two hostile powers -- Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany -- and faced numerous internal threats. These included the Nazi fifth column, an effective Soviet fifth column -- the illegal, subversive, Jewish-dominated Communist Party of Poland, as well as Ukrainian terrorists and saboteurs who had assassinated a senior Polish official. What would you have done under the circumstances -- held a weekly picnic for the mortal enemies of Poland?
Yes, Poland WAS in very difficult situation. But the very same justification was used by Ukrainian nationalists.
They were also placed between two hostile powers - Poland and Russia. This is where nationalism leads.
You are justifying genocide, disgusting scum. Because of something that allegedly happened centuries earlier... ? Do you also justify so called Holocaust because Jews were persecuting and killing first Christians ? Troll, go get a job.
I'm merely following your logic - and read the full context.
You want some more recent history - OK.
- Polish-Ukrainian war for ownership of Lwów and east Galitia. It ended in Polish victory. The legacy is a legend on both sides and two neropolies in Lwów - "Orląt" (Eaglets) and "Siczowych Strilciw".
- Józef Piłsudski's attack on Kijów (Kiev) in alliance with much weaker ukrainian forces of Semen Petura. The war went back from Kiev to Warsaw and back to Niemen river. For Ukraine, the peace treaty in Ryga meant a partition (Rozbiór!!). Western part went to Poland, central and east part went to soviet Russia.
- Primary and secondary schools with Ukrainian language were closed in Poland.
Do you see the connection now ? It was a despicable way to fight Polish occupants to be sure, and it had opposition even in OUN. But Ukrainians had
every reason to feel oppressed.Is anyone still surprised that Polonization never works ?
The bottom line is that there's a lot of mutual hostility between Poles and Ukrainians. But no reconciliation can ever happen until both sides play fair. Poland should make a good example.
It's in interest of Russia to fan the flames. Russia is deeply scared that Poland will cooperate with Ukraine. Ukraine has very fertile land, and it lies on the East-West crossroads of the continent. Ukraine can develop nuclear weapons within months - it has all the needed technology. Ukraine has access to Black Sea through Dniepr river. River and water transport is extremely
profitable - Jacek Bartosiak from Narodowe Centrum Studiów Strategicznych (National Center of Strategic Studies) says 11-20 times cheaper than land transport. "Free City Gdańsk" - "Wolne Miasto Gdańsk" - used to make huge profits on river transport. If Wisła is made navigable again - Poland can make huge profits on transport between Gdańsk and Odessa and Black Sea. And European Union is very eager to finance the restoration of E-40 waterway, it's just polish ministers that don't give a crap. Also, Ukraine has very advanced military industry, in some ways better than Poland. Not to mention natural resources. Ukraine, like Poland, lies on the new Chinese Silk Road. If Russia controls Ukraine, you can be sure they'll find a way to deny Poland profits.