Why Poland is part of the American power play



Why is in Poland an American rocket shield built? Is Poland part of the American power play and if so, why? Has Poland become interesting for America because of its position? What is it, that makes Poland attractive for an American missile defense system?

A quarter of a million Poles live in the Netherlands. Dutch-Polish journalist Dore van Duivenbode is one of them. In this series, she travels back to her motherland, where she visits her family house near Oświęcim, former Auschwitz. In Bialowieza, in eastern Poland, she tries to find out why a forest is causing much tension. In Warsaw, she gets deeper into the hot topic of abortion. Here strong supporters and opponents are giving their perspective. Her travels bring her also to North Poland, where she meets a low-income family and talks with the famous and notorious opposition judge Igor Tuleya. A travel series about Poland, a country that is more and more divided and cursed by its geography location.

In this episode, Dore first travels to the southwestern province of Silesia. She meets a family that talks frankly with her about poverty in their city. Many Poles move abroad to earn more money. However, because of their young children, they are not able to do so. Through a logging company, they try to take influence and come up for those who cannot afford the central heating.

She also meets the motorcyclists Witkor and Pawel. Those who voluntarily stay in Sokolowsko and are satisfied with their job at the Toyota factory in Walbrzych, even though they earn four times less there than employers abroad. In northern Slupsk Dore meets the residents who live next to the military base, where the American rocket shield is built. They prefer not to talk about the missile defense system, which makes them fear for their safety.

The national shooting school in Slupsk is reacting on that. Young people train there to protect the country against the Russian threat. Where does the motivation of young volunteers come to sign up for this type of school?

Original title: Gevangen in vrijheid (4/5)

Presentation: Dore van Duivenbode
Director: Britta Bosman
Production: Elleke Claessen
Camera: Jacko van t´Hof, Maarten Kramer, Pim Hawinkels
Sound: Dennis Kersten
Sound Mix: Joost Oskamp
Edit: Paul Delput
Research: Anna Stylinska, Michiel Driebergen
Music: Kaveh Vares
Commissioning Editor: Henneke Hagen

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  • All things considered, I rather hope that today's Polish geostrategic leadership include one or two historians. This 'building' and 'selecting' international allies business does not appear to be Poland's strongest diplomatic skill, IMO. Even the remote thought of grabbing hold of France and the UK as allies back when…

    …so here now is Ally USA? Huh? Yeah, we Americans have our own axe to grind: as does Poland and every other nation.

    But what possible faith can Poland place in a defence agreement with my country, USA? Not much, in my book. But better than nothing, one assumes. Alas. Poor Poland.

    Germany breathing hard on her wallet and backside…Russia fussing and loudly snorting square in her face…alas, poor Poland. 😕

    Charles DuBois July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • So the Dutch media comes into Poland and tells them what's right for their country? This feels very patronizing. Poland is not Europe's child. What you're covering here is not some massive corruption scheme, poisoning of the land, government oppression, etc. This is a deal Poland made in exchange for peace of mind. There will be no repeat of 1939. It feels disrespectful to only cover the negative aspects of this story. It's like you're telling Polish people that they're not smart enough to see this for what it is. Journalists shouldn't publicly choose sides of political issues, else this is not a true documentary.

    Bill Bopperton July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • Poland will NEVER allow 1939-1989 to happen again. Never. Ever. It makes perfect sense for Poland to do this. America will never invade Poland and try to the change Polish way of life. America isn't a perfect ally, but it's better than taking a chance with Russia.

    Bill Bopperton July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • Agree with other commentators regarding Territorial Defense force. In US, the same concept is called National Guard and works fine.

    Jan Czaja July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • God bless Poland and the polish people, a "baluarte/fortress" against the leftist and liberals of Europe. Most of the polish people are commited to take care of the western values and in Europe right now we need so much these values.

    brakaponter July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • Look, Poland needs a missile shield and precision strike capabilities. What do you think is better, spend 100 billions building your own when citizens struggle for cash? Or have a friend and ally that is a superpower with thousands of different ways to delete your enemy?

    0x404 July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • Your series probably got attacked by our "governmental troll farms". Watched all avaliable episodes and just want to say: Thank You.

    Maciej Kołodziejczyk July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • 23rd SS Volunteer Pancer Grenadier Division Nederland marched through Poland. We don't want it happen again. That's why we need strong army and credible ally.

    Robert Ciesluk July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • What a strange story , I was born in Walbrzych I know the town and I know the people and so I thought until I saw your show. If true why do all of them support the Americans and would it have anything to do with the mistrust towards the Russians and the Germans I wonder ?

    greg herman July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • Troche taka głupkowata ta redaktorka.

    Pete K July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • Propaganda

    Donald Trump July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • why so biasd. The terytorial defence is a briliant idea. Young people can learn some discipline, logistics, get some great experience. The movement was started way before ministry got involved and it is great that it gets governmental support. What are other developed countries doing with their hedonistic and amiless teenagers? Getting them into collage debt or selling rights and freedoms without resposibilty. Also people living on breadcrumbs? Only if you are unwilling to work.

    Wojciech Szajek July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • America First
    Poland Firster

    Młody Poznaniak July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • LOL. Walbrzych town looks like Mogadishu at war. After so many years in EU Poland still looks like shithole. All the EU money wasted.

    FoxyKing93 ® July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • Why are the comments removed? What kind of censorship propaganda are you spewing?

    Humble Man July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • I'm a bit confused… What is their gov doing wrong exactly? They created a national guard style military wing. Ok. It's to be under the command of the ministry of defense. Ok. I'm pretty sure the PM can fire him basically at will… I'm not sure how else this is supposed to work? Is the military NOT to be under the minister of defense? Who else then?

    Also: the photos the professor showed are obviously of some radical yough group… It's not official state mandated propaganda. It's probably a GOOD thing that young, hot haded radicals join the military. That way their energy can be chanelled in productive ways. This is standard fare really… Give them discipline and structure and positive ideals…

    Lastly: didn't you say the professor was a miliraty intelligence officer in the Communist days? Because if he was: fuck me! How is he an authority on anything and how wasn't he fired decades ago?!?! These people murdered millions of ppl and ran the countries they had under the heels of their boots like fucking prison camps! Imagine if old members of the NSDAP were still allowed to teach at universities…

    CatWithAHat2HD July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • co za jebana skurwiona propaganda. zwłaszcza o Obronie Terytorialnej

    Antek Policmajster July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • First

    william benedict blythe July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • This is a bias and not objective production. It only shows one political view very much in line with the current opposition parties. The first 5 seconds of the Polish achievements shown at the beginning of this film are dwarfed by 38 minute anti Polish propaganda. Just note how does the host form her questions and what she really tries to achieve by asking them.

    I would go even further and ask where is the funding for this production coming from? Moscow? Putin? KGB? It speaks volumes.

    Walt Masiak July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • With Putin, and the U.S government being agressive, they are going to set off WW3 at this rate.

    RIP NO July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • God bless USA and Poland

    Jarosław Janczyszyn July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • half truth is not truth. especially gentleman who talks about territorial defense. he is from commie era. im from central poland and we have here totally diferent situation. what is wort to check: influence of so called lgbt movenent which is pure bolshevism. wonder why author dont show whole spectrum…

    cokurde July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply
  • There's low unemployment in Poland now, and this lady clearly prefers to stay at home and live off state hand-outs.

    Filip Ziemba July 23, 2020 6:38 am Reply

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