Economic and political reforms introduced by the new Polish government also significantly contribute to the present situation. Today’s Poland is a country in which over 60% of its citizens consider their financial and social situation satisfactory. But as in most countries, one can also find displeased representatives from various social milieus. No wonder that the media supporting the parliamentary opposition focus on the weakest points of governmental decisions. The only problem is, that more and more often they remain far from reality.
Among Polish–language archival materials placed on this webpage, one can find official statements made since September 2013 and corrections made by representatives of the Ministry of Defence, written in response to the dissemination of false information by uncomplimentary politicians or media associated with the opposition camp. If the reader reviews and compares the number of corrections made in the period of governing by the Law and Justice Party (Pol. Prawo i Sprawiedliwość—PiS) with the number of corrections made during the analogous period of governing by the PO-PSL coalition government, interesting conclusions can be drawn.
During the period from December 1st, 2015 to the end of November 2016, the Ministry of National Defence needed to publish 31 corrections (on average over 2.5 times per month). In the same period a year earlier, 20 corrections were published and two years earlier—14 corrections (averaging over once per month). This is, of course, an approximate estimation, because the political day-to-day is sometimes more, sometimes less intense. However, when comparing periods of heated disputes for September and October of 2016 with those same months of previous years, the rule is confirmed. In the fall of 2016, there were 12 corrigenda; in the previous years, 3.
This observation raises the question of whether one can consider it a purely coincidental tendency or rather the opponents of the program being carried out by current ministerial authorities, for lack of sound arguments, must increasingly reach for lies and half-truths?
The other question that arises here concerns the role of the past and its deterministic character. It is the times of communism that in the second half of the 20th century witnessed the most perfidious legitimacy of lies. Everything was lied about, when it came to the defense of the communists continuing hold on power, thereby destroying the system of concepts created by Western civilization. It was then that the Steadfast Soldiers (a.k.a. the Unwavering or Doomed Soldiers), who fought for the independence of the country were called bandits, opposition activists and later the independence and democratic activists—distorters, non-conformists—nihilists, and Soviet aggression on neighboring countries—brotherly assistance. Something of this confusion has apparently survived to this very day, since former members of the Communist Party and destroyers of the moral order based on religious values retaliate with the purported threat to democracy in Poland.
In this air of conceptual confusion, substantive dialogue cannot take place. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that to the number of travesties of Jonathan Swift’s maxim about “lies flying and the truth coming limping afterwards,” one more point needs to be added. In the end, we live under the rule of law, whereby citizens themselves can make a choice. It is enough that in one’s field of view one can identify with something that deserves support. Hence, the idea to make our message more crisp and clear, by organizing information in such a way that a reader visiting this site had no doubt what, in fact, it is that we are defending.
That is why we mainly include pieces of information related to the implementation of new ministerial policies. In particular—with the rebuilt structure of the Polish Armed Forces, with contracts and transactions entered into by the weapons industry, and with the new politics of historical memory. At the same time, this site also remains a kind of summary of up to date achievements of the new ministerial authorities. The final assessment, however, we leave up to the readers.