Inspired by the discussion of German and Russian atrocities in WW2 including Katyń, in another thread, here's some thoughts on the topic.
Russia officially apologised for Katyń; it was one of many atrocities during a horrible, truly barbaric war. We have to remember the victims but what happened in the past is certainly less important than what is going on in the present
. Katyń would have been forgiven long time ago, if it wasn't for the constant Russian hostility towards Poland today
, not 80 years ago.
It is in today's Russia that books like that...
... are printed, not 80 years ago.
It is today
, not 80 years ago, that in Russia people like this raving lunatic...
... are listened to attentively and cherished, instead of being locked up in a mental asylum.
Constant stream of hostility is what's coming towards Poland from Russia. Imagine if such books were printed in Germany and if German ideologues denied Poland the very right to existence (as Dugin does). Imagine if German mentality and attitude towards Poles hadn't changed compared to 80 years ago as it is still the case with Russia.
One of the paradoxes of Polish-Russian relations is that ordinary people in both countires are certainly not hostile towards each other, and on a simple cultural (not civilisational - it's a different matter) level, most of them acknowledge our common Slavic heritage and get on perfectly well. It is on the governmental level that Russia still displays the same Soviet, or even tsarist, attitude towards Poland ("Курица не птица, Польша не заграница"). If that doesn't change then nothing will change.
I wonder what other posters' thoughts on the topic are.