Solidarity with Ukraine – War on the Rocks

Few countries in Europe have experienced the vicissitudes of the changing political order as directly as Poland. For centuries, Poland was caught between Russia and Germany, often serving as a highway that one major power or another traveled on en route to conquering other territories. This weeks Horns of a Dilemma Redner knows this better than most: Lech Walesa was the leader of the Solidarity labor movement in communist-ruled Poland and later became Poland’s first freely elected president. Walesa recently spoke at the University of Texas, Austin about the war in Ukraine, Putin’s ambitions for Russia, a changing political order and the need for the United States to take a leading role in that new order. Though he speaks through a translator, Walesa’s wit, wisdom and humanity shine through, offering a glimpse of how he was able to inspire people to join him in transforming his country.

Image: Jarle Vines, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Solidarity with Ukraine – War on the Rocks

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