In Iraq (i'm sure in Afghanistan also) Polish soldiers were liked by the local population for respecting Muslims and their ways, like not barging in a house with dogs, or kicking the door in, without trying to knock first.
Iraqi Polish test
Balance of benefits
It is known that the Americans, and the new Iraqi government will push to the Poles to stay. Warsaw, however, wants to know - for how much? If other countries will reduce the number of its troops in the Multinational Division, the division may exist in name only. Already, more like a brigade. For this reason it is considered to include the region, which show the Poles, the British zone. This could mean problems for our troops. It is said that "too few troops to do, and too many officers who spend time on walks between the desk and the canteen." Poles who went to the Euphrates, are solidly prepared. Books in which they were instructed how to behave to show respect to the Arab culture, which in Warsaw arouse ridicule in Iraq saved many lives. The Iraqis appreciated that the Poles when searching houses, do not come with the dogs, and treat women with respect.
Iraqis do not like the Americans and British, so the inclusion of the Poles in the British zone may mean that we be treated as occupiers. Then there will be more victims. You will be also asked about the political sense of mission. Owning its own zone in Iraq raises the political importance of Polish. The NATO and EU partners have to count us as the country that has a meaningful voice in the Middle East, and this is one of the main axis of world politics. Also, in light of the government's declaration that its strategic goal of ensuring Poland's energy independence, withdrawal from the Polish zone would be a mistake.
The balance of the Iraqi operations favorably. In addition to the tragedy, we are victims among the soldiers, everything points to the sense of being in Iraq. Several thousand people involved in this operation provides a solid basis for the reform of the Polish army, so that it is a real partner for the allies, not the post-Soviet open-air museum.
Since the Polish economy is in comparison with the other, an oasis of calm, surprising that we do not use this politically and propaganda. It is certainly an asset in the talks, which will be conducted next week, foreign ministers and defense in Washington. Also during the meeting, Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz of Tony Blair, a positive balance of our mission in Iraq will be one of the few strong arguments, the Polish prime minister.
The proposal is one: it is necessary and worth to be, but this should sell well. Not only for cash, although it would be a sin to disdain, but above all for political benefits. World market policies do not have too many goods to sell. One of the most valuable is the Iraqi contingent. The task of the prime minister and ministers Meller and Sikorski is to ensure that 2.5 years of hard service soldiers are not wasted. The decision whether the Polish troops in Iraq will, as announced in Baghdad, Minister Sikorski is to be made by mid-December.