overthrowing the Olszewski cabinet
Does the historical ignorance of many PF-ers stem from some intellectual deficiency or is it the result of clever. all-pervasive pro-RT propaganda? Probably a ltitle of both. Most everyone knows of the Olszewski government's attempt to lessen the nomenklatura's stranglehold on Polish institutions and industries and de-communise the country by opening commie-era secret-police files to public scrutiny. But how many know that:
**It was the first genuinely free government of post-1989 Poland; the previous two had been rooted in the RT "transaction".
**Its avowed aim was to stop robber-baron "privatisation" on which only the nomenklatura got rich and resulted in foreign-interest groups effectively creating a neo-colonial economy in Poland.
**Olszewski made no secret of the fact that Poland should strive for full NATO and EEC membership; Wałęsa at the time was toying with such concepts as NATO-bis and EEC-bis.
**Olszewski opposed and made Wałęsa back out of a deal to create so-called Polish-Russian "joint ventures" at the site of Russian military bases in Poland after their troops were withdrawn, since that would have legitimised a permanent Russian presence in Poland.
**In general, Olszewski's was a truly pro-Polish government guided by Poland's interests first, last and always, not trying to please Moscow and its erstwhile agents - the nomenklatura. As a result it had to end the way it did. Fortunately, that legacy is now being continued by the democratically elected Law and Justice government.