--- bert_bakker41 <bert_bakker41@...
I criticised certain traits and trends, simply because
I do care
that the Polish message gets across and finds a
receptive ear among
outsiders rather than among the initiated.
I agree with Bert. I've always thought it very
important to present the Polish experience in
rational, non-inflammatory manner. E.g. the way the
Tibetans present their message - the Dalai Lama does
not deny or justify some of the less desirable traits
of Tibetan society. He explains them and places them
I've seen any number of ethnic groups in Canada shoot
themselves in the foot because of extreme opinions or
actions. The latest to do so here are the
The Palestinian cause is ripe for Western sympathy,
but they alienate the rest of us by tactics such as
disrupting university life at my alma mater in
I think it important to understand that non-Poles are
no more obligated to understand and sympathize with
our history than the average Pole understands and
sympathizes with the experiences of people murdered
and displaced during the India-Pakistan split in 1947.
If we want to get our views listened to in North
America it has to be done in a fashion that appeals to
North American thinking.
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