Observations

Once again, a Happy New Year to all of our readers and supporters. Being an optimist (which some may say is contrary to my Polish heritage, but I disagree) I am convinced this will be a Great year, far better than the last, and one which continues to let the story of Poland and Polonia be known more broadly to the world. A step in that direction was the book, “A Question of Honor” by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud, which I discussed in the last issue of the Polish Weekly. That book portrays the struggle of the Polish military primarily through the stories of the pilots who flew with the RAF in the Battle of Britain, but its most important lessons come from the exposition of the political struggles that went on among the allies during the conflict of World War II. In this week’s issue we feature another important book titled “No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland’s Forces in World War II.” I am anxious to read it, and there is an opportunity to meet the author, Kenneth Koskodan, this Friday evening at the Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan at 7:00 p.m. As of this writing, I have a conflict that prevents me from attending, but if I can re-arrange my schedule I hope to be there. I am very hopeful that these books will some day form the basis for one or more really top notch films.
Speaking of optimism, we have two very optimistic messages from contributing authors this issue. Check out Tom Mikulski’s column on page 4 titled “A Brick in Hand.” Tom points out that the greatest of accomplishments can be had by taking one small step at a time. Next, take a look at Father Maciej’s “Secrets of Happiness” on page 5. It contains a litany of practices designed to let you cause your own happiness. Thoughtful consideration may show that happiness is a choice we can all make for ourselves regardless of the surrounding circumstances.
Much thanks to Andrzej Ladak for taking the time to share his thoughts on the Afghanistan situation and the war on terror. I flew out of Detroit on Christmas morning shortly before the Terrorist incident on the flight to Detroit from Amsterdam. I think Mr. Ladak is correct in his observation that the war on terror does not touch most Americans as seriously as the small percentage of those directly involved. We are all suffering consequences, but most of us just remotely. The final impact will probably never be understood because there is no way to evaluate, and we will never see, what life would be like in the absence of the constant threat of terrorism.

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