So you never heard of puppet governments?? Don't tell me a guy like you who is interested in history never heard of puppet governments??
It wasn't a puppet government. If it was, Gomułka would never have stood up to Moscow, Kania would never have refused to "sort things out" and so on. It was Communist and in the Warsaw Pact - but not a puppet government.
The Communist Poles who oppressed other Poles, were simply puppets of Moscow.
This was true up until 1956 - but after that, they were actively encouraging the Soviet presence in Poland.
There is a difference - the Communists put loyalists in charge, whereas with the Nazi model - they had Germans in place to make sure that their will was followed. This wasn't the case after 1956 in Poland - there are enough examples where Poland followed a different path to the Soviet Union. It was a tinpot regime, but not a puppet regime. Generally speaking - Poles dealt with Polish affairs within the constraints of the system.
Moscow is now doing this today in Chechnya. It has empowered select ethnic Chechens acting as a puppet government to control all the other Chechens.
Do you honestly prefer Islamist Chechen terrorists over Russian Christian rule? In Poland - you'll find people are actually more pro-Russia in this case.
Indeed the Soviet Union would have had a hell of a problem on its hands if all of the Polish ruling class rebelled against Moscow. But the Polish ruling class pretty much had fresh memories of what the Soviets did to Poles who were "a hell of a problem" and against Moscow. Its called KATYN.
For once, a fair assessment. Katyn would certainly have played on the minds of the Polish Army elite, not least Jaruzelski. But - to be fair - they weren't a problem. Poland was thoroughly defeated in 1939 - Katyn was simply a way of making sure that the elite of the Polish Army couldn't come back to haunt them.
But yes, if the PZPR elite had turned on Moscow (especially Gomułka or Jaruzelski) - then we could've seen a hell of a fight. I actually would (in 1980) rate Poland's chances of winning as being quite high - defensively, Poland would have had the Oder/Bug and the mountains on their side.
If you were them, WHAT would you choose??
I don't criticise anyone for the decisions they made during that time. I don't think people can be blamed for wanting a better life for themselves and their families, and I have no issue with people doing what they could. It might not have been "honourable" - but it was certainly pragmatic.