Disinfo: Poland contributed to the genocide of Christians in the Middle East

Summary

The present-day Polish politicians criticising the Red Army’s soldiers, evade responsibility for participating in wars in the Middle East, which destroys peace in that region. The politicians of the Law and Justice Party denying the Red Army’s role in the fight against Hitler can be burdened with guilt for the wars in the Middle East, supporting the USA and NATO. In the future, Poland may have to compensate military damage to countries such as Iraq. Poland has contributed to the genocide of Christians taking place in the Middle East as a consequence of the wars in this region carried out with the participation of the USA and NATO.

Disproof

This message includes two separate disinformation narratives. The first narrative is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism (accusing Poland of falsifying and re-writing its history as it states that the USSR and the Red Army occupied this country at the end of WWII). The second narrative includes various anti-US and anti-NATO conspiracy claims, accusing them of committing various crimes and atrocities all over the World.

According to official Polish historical policy, opinions of mainstream Polish historians and attitudes of a predominant part of the Polish society, the Red Army occupied Poland in 1944-45, causing the undemocratic establishment of Communist Poland.

No evidence is provided regarding the claim on the alleged Polish contribution to the genocide of Christians in the Middle East. Polish military forces were present in Iraq within the US-led Multi-National Force throughout 2003-2008 (military conflict and stabilisation) and until 2011 (several dozen officers within a NATO Training Mission).

In recent years, the Polish Government and NGOs have been actively involved in various humanitarian projects aimed at assisting civilians and refugees in Syria and Iraq. See some of these projects here - Polish Aid for Syria; Polish Humanitarian Action – activities in Syria and Iraq; Polish Centre for International Aid – assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

See other examples of Russian historical revisionism concerning Poland including It is thanks to Russia that Poland today exists as a country, Nazi Germany considered Poland its best ally, the USSR was forced and reluctant to sign Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. See other examples of anti-US and anti-NATO cases concerning the Middle East - US wants to divide Syria, the EU and the US block rebuilding of Syria, the US military has transferred about 50 tons of gold from Syria.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Polish
  • Country: Iraq, US, Syria, Poland
  • Keywords: Military, Red Army, Historical revisionism, WWII, Middle East, NATO, Christianity
  • Outlet: Sputnik Polska
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Russia is not mentioned in Minsk Agreements

Sanctions against Russia were imposed under the pretext of the events in Ukraine. The West says, if Russia wants the EU to lift sanctions, it should fulfill the Minsk agreements. But Russia is not mentioned in the agreement. Russia is the member of Normandy Four, which formed the framework of the Minsk agreement.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine and the Minsk agreements. Also consistent with the narrative about the US global role.

The narrative claims that Russia is not part of the conflict in Donbas and that Russia has nothing to do with the war in eastern Ukraine.

The West fights the Russian World: Ukraine is under control, Belarus as a target

In a more confined sense, the Russian World consists of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, three nations belonging to Russian people. In a wider sense, the Russian world is the whole post-Soviet space and largely the past USSR allies. Without integration in humanitarian and political spheres, economic integration between Belarus and Russia will not be durable. Belarusian opposition financed by the West does everything to tear apart Belarus from Russia. This has already been done in Ukraine-Russia relations. Ukraine is externally governed by the US and the West, Ukrainians are used to fight Russia. Hence they struck in the Russian Words’ heart. The Western governments are imposing their rules all over the world through colour revolutions.

The Belarusian authorities should legally challenge all activists who do not advocate for the Union State between Belarus and Russia and serve the interests of the US and the West instead. In doing so, concerns of the so-called international community should be disregarded. The Western countries should revoke their Russophobic and anti-Soviet legislation first. Belarus should also introduce the “foreign agent” concept just as Russia did.

Disproof

This case is an illustrative example of recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the all-Russian nation and Russian world/civilization. The "all-Russian nation" is an imperial Russian and Russian irredentist ideology that is a favoured pro-Kremlin narrative aimed at weakening the national identity of Belarusians and Ukrainians, as well as their sovereignty. It also puts forward recurring propagandistic narratives about Western attempts to organise a colour revolution in Belarus and elsewhere, Ukraine as an anti-Russian tool under external control, Western attempts to disrupt Belarusian-Russian relations, and Western aggressiveness towards Belarus and Russia.

Belarus and Ukraine are well-defined nation-states with a long history; both nations preserved language, literature and identity, despite foreign rule for long periods. The West does not aim at tearing Belarus from Russia nor at organizing a colour revolution in Belarus. Ukraine is a sovereign state, not controlled by any foreign government. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity are respected by almost the whole world, including the EU, but has been continuously violated by Russia since February 2014. The EU and the US continue to provide support to Ukraine. Ukraine is regarded as an important partner in economic, financial, political, military and other sectors. See more about Europe's support to Ukraine's defence reform here.

Polish authorities use falsification of history as a tool for political fight with Russia

Falsification and re-writing of history on the example of Krakow clearly shows that the current and previous authorities of Poland interpret history in different ways using it as a tool for the political fight. In this situation, it is used for a fight with the Russian Federation.

Disproof

This message is part of the Kremlin’s policy of historical revisionism – it accuses Poland in “falsification and re-writing” of its history. According to this policy, the Russian official historiography is the only “true” way of interpretation of historical events for the countries of Eastern and Central Europe.

For decades, the Soviet authorities had spread the story about the heroic role of the Red Army in the saving of the Krakow Old Town from being blown up by retreating Nazi troops. Mainstream Polish historians do not share this view, perceiving this story as a post-war myth glorifying the Red Army among the Poles.