My Polish perspective of Episode 2 of Faith and Reason February 24th 2022: Russia’s invasion is an opportunity to recall the message of Our Lady of Fatima.
A week ago I subscribed to the Catholic Life Site News. The week before they ran their debut episode of a show called Faith and Reason dedicated to exposing the Deep State as they discuss the current paramount issues pertaining to U.S. and Canadian politics, global affairs, the Vatican, Pope Francis, and much more. It is composed of a panel of four. They being the fiery priest Father James Altmann, Jack Maxey, a former co-host on Steve Bannon’s War Room, Elizabeth Yore a lawyer and founder of Yore Children, a child rights advocacy group and a leader in defending the faith in America, and finally, its host, John-Henry Westen, co-founder of Life Site News at https://www.lifesitenews.com/. My letter to them below is in regard to their second episode on February 24th 2022; Russia’s invasion is an opportunity to recall the message of Our Lady of Fatima.
To: John-Henry Westen
Saturday 26th February 2022
Subject: Episode 2 of Faith and Reason February 24th 2022: Russia’s invasion is an opportunity to recall the message of Our Lady of Fatima. My Polish perspective.
How are you? My name is Vince Barwinski and I’m an Australian Catholic of Polish paternal descent, born in Sydney Australia in 1962. Just now I watched episode 2 of Faith and Reason and a week earlier I had watched your first episode. I think your new show to Life Site News poignantly illustrates the dystopian Orwellian nightmare of globalism – itself a satanic hybrid of crony capitalism, Fascism and Marxism – that the world on so many levels is spiraling into. I say satanic hybrid, because this, as I have heard many other religious commentators allude to, which I am sure you agree; is a spiritual battle.
In this letter however, in light of your episode 2 on the Ukraine, I wish to give you my take on it as an avid amateur historian of proud Polish descent, who has worked in Poland as an English teacher from early September 2004 to late June 2005, and revisited twice since with my wife. I have twice visited Poland’s holiest shrine of Jasna Góra (Luminous Mount) in Częstochowa in late May 2005 and early June 2008 and experienced the nationwide outpouring of grief in early April 2005 when Pope John Paul II passed away. As well, I visited the Muzeum Powstania (Uprising Museum dedicated to the memory of the 1944 Warsaw General Uprising – not the 1943 Jewish Ghetto Uprising) in Warsaw in early October 2004 and the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Museum in late June 2005 just before then returning to Australia. Moreover, in Easter 2005 I visited, albeit very briefly, the Ukrainian border.
Fr. James Altman and Jack Maxey made the point of not demonizing Russia and for America, Canada and the west in general to get their own houses in order, in particular issues such as the southern US border and eroding freedoms in the west – the plethora of the latter including pseudo-vaccine mandates leading to the brutal crackdown of the Canadian truckers. This of course, is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. Solitary confinement of January 6th detainees is a further example of how the list just goes on.
In the process, the west’s credibility in condemning the Russian invasion of the Ukraine has been undermined by its hypocrisy subservient to the globalist agenda. For myself, this boils down to the most loathsome of choices. That being on one hand, a cold, calculating and ruthless former KGB operative Vladimir Putin, a virtual dictator since the turn of the century in a pretend democracy, poisoning political opponents who fled to the west and committed to the re-establishment of the Soviet Union as alluded to recently by Mike Pompeo in a FOX News interview.i On the other hand, the west essentially led by a fraudulently elected regime with a blithering, vapid, incognisant and weak dotard of a puppet Joe Biden, resplendent with his suspiciously Obama-like cabinet, committed to the obliteration of America’s constitution and the basic freedoms of the west in general to which myself included, have come to take too much for granted.
From the Polish perspective, my suspicions of Putin are further exacerbated, especially given my very deep and meticulous research into incidents of Stalinist WWII atrocities perpetrated upon Poles, and how they are blithely dismissed by Putin and his Russia of today. To begin with, it is an undeniable fact of history, that the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east on September 17, 1939, which was sixteen days following Hitler’s invasion from the west on the 1st. Nevertheless, on September 1, 2016, Russia’s Supreme Court upheld the conviction of Perm blogger Vladimir Luzgin for reposting a text which states that both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invaded Poland in 1939. The ruling was handed down on the 77th anniversary of Hitler’s invasion of Poland.ii
The Soviet invasion was in accordance with the secret protocol of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, also known as the German-Soviet Non-aggression Pact, or other variants, whereby Hitler and Stalin would agree to the carve-up of Eastern Europe.iii It was signed in Moscow on the night of August 23-24, 1939 – just a week before Hitler’s invasion of Poland which precipitated WWII. The pact was supposed to have lasted ten years,iv but of course would be violated by Hitler on June 22nd, 1941 when he launched Operation Barbarossa – his invasion of the Soviet Union.v
Nevertheless, the twenty-one-month duration of this brutal and oppressive Stalinist occupation of eastern Poland was enough time to facilitate the deportation of 1.7 million eastern Poles to the frigid hell of the Siberian gulags,vi where half would perish. Certainly, this is a history Putin’s Russia wants suppressed. Many pro-Soviet writers, and Putin himself have blamed Polish obstinance in refusing to allow Soviet troops on their soil prior to any possible Nazi invasion, but given the 1919-20 Polish-Soviet war and 120 year partitioning of Poland from 1795-1918 in part under the Tsars, this was never an option. I have explained this in more detail in my research. In any case, does this justify the deportation of 1.7 million Poles to the frigid Siberian Gulag hell?
Then there is the episode of the Katyń Wood massacre near Smolensk in western Russia in April 1940, where 4,000 Polish officers were executed by Stalin’s secret police – the NKVD. The term Katyń eventually came to encompass other such massacres in the Soviet Union at that time, raising the number of victims to over 20,000. Admittedly, Katyń was not an extermination of an entire ethnic group on the scale of the Jewish Holocaust or Rwanda. However, it was the calculated and deliberate murder of a nation’s elite,vii simultaneously embodying classicide,viii with the intention of obliterating its political and creative energy for the future.ix Hence, many in Russia today, Putin included, want to bury this, with many such memorials in Putin’s Russia being removed.x Moreover, many western neo-Stalinist academics such as Grover Furr of New Jersey’s Montclair State University, try to pin the massacre on advancing German troops during the Barbarossa invasion.xi However, such claims do not stand up to thorough scrutiny as I have documented in my research.
Moreover, just briefly again from Polish WWII history, there is research I have titled “AK and 1944 Warsaw General Uprising — Stalin’s mass murder by German proxy.” AK referring to the anti-communist Armia Krajowa – the largest underground movement by far in Nazi occupied Europe. This research was inspired by my early October 2004 visit to Warsaw’s Muzeum Powstania – Uprising Museum. This heroic 63 day uprising by the AK against one of the most powerful armies in the world at the time, namely the occupying German Army, while the Soviet Army on Warsaw’s eastern outskirts remained essentially idle for months encompassing the entire duration of the Uprising, became such an embarrassment for Stalin and the post-war Polish communist regime, all talk of it was banned in Cold War Poland. Hence, the Uprising Museum was only opened in June 2004, just months before my visit and years following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe in 1989. For many Poles, WWII did not end until 1989. I indeed, concur with this sentiment.
As was alluded to in your video footage in episode 2, Klaus Schwab spoke proudly of his young global leaders such as Justin Trudeau now infiltrating and indeed leading governments world wide. However, the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daE0jthD5F8 from 33 seconds in, even has Klaus Schwab stating that Angela Merkel along with Vladimir Putin are part of their older generation of “young global leaders” of the World Economic Forum, while the likes of Justin Trudeau and the president of Argentina are part of their new generation.
This has got me thinking. In September 2018, China and Russia in eastern Siberia held the largest military exercise ever in history.xii Xi Jinping and his CCP, are of course the darlings of the WEF and so one could conclude here that Xi and Putin are allies. And with Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine, I have sensed a distinct rift forming in conservative circles in America fanned by the incessant Democrat narrative of Trump’s “collusion” with Russia.
But here is what I think. Namely, that crooked Hilary Clinton and co in 2016 were really the ones colluding with Russia. The so-called Russian “hack” of Democrat National Convention (DNC) computers in 2016 I think was done with Putin’s and crooked Hilary’s knowledge. Crooked Hilary’s outrage with Russia was merely the feigned outrage that the narrative of Trump collusion with Russia demanded.
Joe Biden and Hunter Biden’s corruption does tie in with a Moscow mayor. And as John Durham in his investigation has uncovered, a Russian named Igor Danchenko is involved.xiii Moreover, as Joshua Philipp of The Epoch Times says of CCP projection:
“Accuse others of what you yourself are doing.”
And Putin as an ex-KGB operative, would be more than just casually familiar with this concept.
In any event, whatever you may think of Putin, I think I can safely say that we agree on one point. Namely, that this Ukraine debacle would not have occurred under Donald Trump’s watch. Indeed, as Dinesh D’Souza points out, it does make a mockery of the Democrats’ claims that Trump is Putin’s man. If that were indeed the case, would Putin have not have invaded during Trump’s term?xiv Clearly, the so-called “incompetence” of the southern border and the Afghan debacle are so extreme, that as Dinesh D’Souza puts it, it has to be by design to discredit and destroy America. The present Ukraine crisis, is merely another contrived crisis to that end. All I feel, not directed by the decrepit old fool that is puppet Joe Biden, but by the mentally sharp and eloquent snake in the grass that is BCC – Barack Closet ComObama.xv To which, Obama’s exchange with the then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev at the late March 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, when he erroneously thought the microphones were off, is more than suspicious:
Obama: This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility. [Why is BCC so certain of his 2012 election???]
Medvedev: I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.xvi
In closing, with family in Taiwan from my wife’s side, I now have concerns for Taiwan. Namely, will the CCP emboldened by the feckless and fraudulent sewer in DC, now invade the democratic island nation so strategically important to Japan and America? Itself, a shining example of what a free, prosperous and democratic society of ethnic Chinese people can achieve.
ii The English language online article at http://khpg.org/en/index.php?id=1472775460 on the website of Human Rights in Ukraine — Website of the Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group dated September 2, 2016
iii https://www.britannica.com/event/German-Soviet-Nonaggression-Pact. See also the German text of the pact/treaty on the 1000 Documents for German History website at https://www.1000dokumente.de/index.html?c=dokument_de&dokument=0025_pak&object=translation&st=&l=de. This also contains the controversial Secret Additional Protocol.
iv Position 107.5 of The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939—41 and page 10 of World War II – Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, the Nazis and the West by Laurence Rees, published by Random House, 2009, ISBN 184607794X, 9781846077944.
vi Page 22 of the book The Polish Underground 1939-1947 Campaign chronicle, by David G Williamson, Published by Pen and Sword, 2012, ISBN 1848842813, 9781848842816, states that 1.7 million Poles were deported to Siberia by the Soviets. As does page 348 of K.O.R. (Oakland Project Series Issue 1 of Studies in society and culture in East-Central Europe), by Jan Józef Lipski, published by University of California Press, 1985, ISBN 0520052439, 9780520052437 and page 123 of The Secret Army: The Memoirs of General Bor-Komorowski by Tadeusz Bor-komorowski, published by Frontline Books, 2011, ISBN 1848325959, 9781848325951. See also the film A forgotten Odyssey written and directed by Jagna Wright née Rafp; produced by Jagna Wright née Rafp, Aneta Naszyńska, narrated by Stephen Wright, released 1990. The VHS can be purchased from TROVE National Library of Australia at https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/28569419?q&versionId=34730839. See also the Kresy Memorial website at http://kresy-siberia.org/hom/files/9/Jagna_Memorial.pdf honouring Jagna Wright née Rafp the producer, writer and director of this film. The funding partners for Kresy include the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs can be viewed at http://kresy-siberia.org/museum/en/support/funding-partners/. All links accessed on Saturday July 25, 2020. See also page 107 of the book No Greater Ally, The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in World War II by Kenneth K. Koskodan, published by Osprey Publishing 2011, ISBN-13: 9781849084796. It states that 0.25 million military personnel were imprisoned by Poland’s future “Liberators” but that up to as many as 1.5 million more civilians were imprisoned. Read on until page 120 for further information on the way Poles were treated by their future “Liberators.” See also pages 26 to 28 and page 372 of The Murderers of Katyń by Vladimir Abarinov published by Hippocrene Books, 1993 ISBN 0781800323, 9780781800327 while page 387 of the book Lenin, Stalin and Hitler by Robert Gellately, published by Vintage 2008, ISBN 9780712603577, gives figures ranging from 760,000 to 1.25 million and higher. On page 644, Robert Gellately in note #10 for Chapter 25 “The Soviet Response” states that the lower number is given for three deportations by Józef Garliński in his book Poland in the Second World War (London, 1985) on pages 36 to 37, while the higher number is given by Gross in his book Revolution from Abroad on page 194. This is because Gross adds the deportation that took place in June 1941 — the month when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa — his invasion of the Soviet Union. See page 429 of Gellately’s book.
vii Online article by Neal Ascherson on the website of the UK Guardian at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/apr/17/smolensk-crash-katyn-accident-of-history, dated Saturday 17 April, 2010, which was just one week after the Smolensk air disaster. Accessed on Saturday July 25, 2020.
viii Norman Davies uses this term at position 509.5 of White Eagle Red Star in the ebook, and page 238 in the paperback published in 2003 by Pimlico, Random House UK Limited, ISBN 9780712606943.
ix Online article by Neal Ascherson on the website of the UK Guardian.
xi Article by Grover Furr at https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/research/furr_katyn_2013.pdf on the website of Montclair State University. See his profile at https://www.montclair.edu/profilepages/view_profile.php?username=furrg.
xiv https://rumble.com/vvrvz7-putins-gambit-dinesh-dsouza-podcast-ep277.html from 4 minutes 34 seconds in.
xv See for example Trevor Loudon’s commentary at https://www.theepochtimes.com/is-barack-obama-a-communist-a-look-at-obamas-extensive-communist-ties_3889491.html.
xvi https://www.theepochtimes.com/is-barack-obama-a-communist-a-look-at-obamas-extensive-communist-ties_3889491.html from 24 minutes 30 seconds in and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNxEDomUlXw and https://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/27/us/politics/obama-caught-on-microphone-telling-medvedev-of-flexibility.html. This was during Putin-Medvedev tandemocracy between 2008 and 2012 when Vladimir Putin, who was constitutionally barred from serving a third consecutive term as president of Russia, assumed the role of prime minister under President Dmitry Medvedev.