Friday, January 06, 2006

Would Poland support US bombs on Tehran?

Foreign Office says not, but there are neo-cons lurking where it counts in the Polish cabinet - apparently. (photo: nuclear site at Bushhehr,Iran)

Pawel Dobrowolski, the busy spokesman at the Foreign Ministry, has brushed off claims that Warsaw would support Washington if it took military action against Iran.

It had been alleged that at a recent meeting in Washington between the Polish defense minister Radek Sikorski, foreign minister Stefan Meller and Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice, the two sides agreed that if Iran persisted in its nuclear program, Poland would give the OK for dropping bombs on Tehran and nuclear sites.

Pawek Dobrowolski has dismissed the claims saying that Iran was not even on the agenda of the talks a couple of weeks ago.

The journalist who broke the story, ex-US navy Intelligence Officer, Wayne Madson, says his sources were the same as those who confirmed secret CIA prisons in Poland, holding al-Qaeda suspects. (and the government has concluded its report, but will not be publishing its findings – so we don’t know how good those sources were.)

Madson also seems to think that the new Polish government has a US neo-con lurking within its ranks – so why be surprised if Poland did agree to military strikes?

Before he became defense Secretary Radek Sikorski was at the neo-con American Enterprise Institute, where he worked alongside pro-bombing Iran advocates such as Richard Pearle. Madson goes on:

Sikorski's entire career has been as a propagandist for the neo-cons, having worked as a roving corespondent for the neo-con National Review from 1988- to 1998 and working as Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. representative in Warsaw from 1989 to 1992.

The journalist then writes that Sikorski is a good friend of neo-con Paula Dobriansky, a supporter of the “theme revolutions in Moldova, Belarus, Lebanon, and Russia, itself, as well as a participant in [the aggressively neo-con] Project for a New American Century (PNAC) activities.”

And Sikorski, according to the report, is a United Nations basher on the scale of John Bolton.

But let's forget the guilt by association. Let’s get real.

Question: Would Poland support the US if it decided to shock and awe the Iranians?

Another question: When did a Polish government – any Polish government – not support US military action?

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