C'mon, Thatcher used Poland to show how much she was against Communism, she had no interest in Poland whatsoever, if iron workers/coalminers/etc. in Czechoslovakia or Hungary etc. had risen up like Solidarność did in Gdansk then herself and her bff Regan would've been falling over themselves to get behind that too, the fact that it happened first in Poland made no difference whatsoever to them.
You know as well as the rest of us man that Thatcher was the single worst human being than a union could come up against. If Solidarność & Lech Wałęsa had existed in the UK she would have crushed them bugs, like she did the mining unions in Britain. The only thing Thatcher hated more than trade unions was society itself...... we're talking about a person here who proudly said 'there's no such thing as society.'
The fall of communism in Poland was only a matter of time
That's certainly true, Thatcher and Regan made the world focus on the issue, but they had little to do with it collapsing in Poland, that snowball was well and truly rolling by the time their heads were turned towards Poland. They used an opportunity that presented itself to score some political brownie points. Which was their want to do, I don't blame them, I'd have done the same, indeed they came out of it smelling like roses and looking like saviours of Neo-con capitalism.
Publicly call him that while in Poland
As much as I detest myself for saying this Harry, Goofy is probably right here, Poles today don't really have much time for Wałęsa, they of course appreciate what he did, but as a politician and a president he's perceived as a bit of an oaf. Look up some of his quotes from his political career and you'll see that he wasn't fond of thinking before he spoke....he still isn't..... indeed you can buy funny t-shirts with some of his quotes printed on them in most tourist shops around the country.
Personally, I think he seems like a nice enough lad to have a pint with but he shouldn't have been president, he didn't really know what he was doing.
I don't know who would've been better, someone more like the Czech Rep's Václav Havel would've suited the role far better, cultural icon would've done the country more good at that time.