Ongoing crackdown in Poland, funding oppressors, yet again our focus.
Aug 22, 1980
Workers of the World, Unite
Striking Factory & dock workers -whose leaders were arrested by Communist regime in Poland- admired for courageously defying dictators controlling country. Certainly American sympathy is with workers protesting injustice & lack of freedom in "workers' paradise" for 35 years.
What of the Federal Gov? While Americans sympathize with Polish people, American government supports Polish government.
Example, from end of WW II until 1978, Federal Government loaned & gave Communist Poland $677 million. 1979, Fed Gov granted Polish regime additional $500 million in loans & loan guarantees. Journal of Social & Political Studies published: “The availability of these Western credits is probably relieving the Soviet Union from the expensive task of propping up the Polish economy.”
Poland is deeply in debt to Western countries, including U.S, for propping the Polish economy. Current debt estimated at $20 billion. Has not yet repaid WW I debts, present Communist Gov has no intention either. Why subsidize Communist Poland? Whose side is U.S. Gov on, Communist or workers?
Believe in consistent foreign policy of nonintervention in others’ affairs. Certainly not subsidizing dictatorial regime not support by own people. Outrageous that American taxes pay to prop up Communist Gov. Legislation, H.R. 3408 would end such foreign subsidies. Irrational policy of subsidizing those who hate freedom must stop.
Polish turmoil dramatizes wasted, worn out slogans of Communism, paradise promised never materialized. Source of discontent expressed by workers, yet neither our Gov nor businessmen have expressed sympathy for protests and support coming from our workers in U.S. Contrasting what predicted–revolt of workers against brutal capitalism–we see opposite; Poles demand liberty and supported by workers throughout the world. “Workers of the world, unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.”