Monday 23 April 2018

Letters to the Editor: Trump praises outlier Poland - still untouched by terrorism

US President Donald Trump makes a speech in Warsaw on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump makes a speech in Warsaw on Thursday. Photo: Reuters
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I refer to US President Donald Trump's speech in Warsaw this week where, in his admiration for Poland and its centuries-long fight for nationhood, he called the Poles a people "who have never, ever forgotten who they are".

In stressing Polish strength in "spirit" and "identity", making reference to the Warsaw Uprising and Pope John Paul II, Mr Trump was addressing the West's own survival in the face of what he perceived as outside threats to its civilisation.

This is in contrast to his predecessor, Barack Obama, who rejected any suggestion of a "clash of civilisations" in reference to Islam and America at a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2014, arguing there was no "us and them", just "us".

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