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From PASI: Polish Americans Against Poland’s Military Engagement in Ukraine

Polish American Strategic Initiative (PASI)     March 08, 2024

From PASI: Polish Americans Against Poland’s Military Engagement in Ukraine
Polish Air Force F-16 fighter jet. Photo: Vander Wolf / shutterstock.com

I am sharing with you an Open Letter from Polish Americans and other Polish expats to Andrzej Duda, Donald Tusk, Radoslaw Sikorski, Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska and Szymon Holownia, ahead of the Polish President's and the Polish Prime Minister's visit to the White House on March 12, 2024.

  • Andrzej Duda, President of Poland
  • Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland
  • Radoslaw Sikorski, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Małgorzata Kidawa-Błońska, Marszałek Senatu
  • Szymon Hołownia, Marszałek Sejmu
  • c/o Ambassador Marek Magierowski

American Polonia welcomes Poland's President Duda and Prime Minister Tusk to Washington, DC, on March 12th, as they meet with President Biden. This critical visit will advance Poland's image as a key advocate of normalizing European relations and a steadfast proponent of a new security architecture through peace and cooperation in Europe.

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the military conflict in Ukraine, we hope Poland will lead the world on the path to de-escalation and a negotiated settlement. We strongly believe that Europe needs not war but peace. All differences of interests must be negotiated and resolved peacefully.

Many within the Polish American community strongly believe that NATO should remain a defense alliance and not an instrument of unrestrained geopolitical ambitions of its most dominant members. Poland must not allow itself to be drawn or forced into military engagement(s) outside of Polish borders unless attacked.

The trajectory of future developments is not easy to predict, nor is it predetermined. However, it is a given that the future political and military decisions of the Russian Federation will depend on the actions of its adversaries. Escalatory behaviors will be predictably met with escalatory reactions. Russia's conviction of facing an existential threat and its signaled determination to use all its capabilities in the conflict need to be seriously considered before any escalatory steps are taken.

The consequences of conflict escalation advocated by some European leaders might lead to highly tragic outcomes in Poland and globally. We urge Polish politicians to refrain from offensive rhetorical excesses and empty threats, which regrettably indicate an inability to realistically assess Poland's capabilities in a situation of actual military confrontation.

Polish Americans stand ready to support and assist President Duda and Prime Minister Tusk as they work together to strengthen and maintain Poland's deterrence capabilities. However, we remain adamantly opposed to engaging Poland deeper in a war that cannot be won and would ultimately lead to its destruction. We appeal to Poland's leaders to align with European leaders who call for a peaceful resolution of the war.

Edward Wojciech Jeśman, President
Polish American Strategic Initiative (PASI)
Polish American Congress of Southern California

Gene Sokolowski, President
Polish American Strategic Initiative Educational Organization

Celina Urbankowski, President
Polish American Congress, Northern New Jersey Division

Andrzej Burghardt, President
Polish American Congress, New Jersey Division

Edward Brzozowski, President
Polish National Alliance Lodge 1684
Cohoes, NY

Edward Swiderski, President
Polish National Alliance Lodge 113
Amsterdam, NY

Les A. Sosnowski, J.D., Ph.D.
Attorney, Illinois

Dr. Marek Kierlańczyk
Chicago, Illinois

Marek Bober, Journalist
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Krystyna Zamorska, Independent Scholar
West Hartford, Connecticut

Adam Bąk, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
New Jork / New Jersey

Edward Dusza, Publisher/Author
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Urszula Oleksyn, Educator
Fullerton, California