Swedish media appeal to the government to support Poland in the situation on the eastern border. The Bulletin website reminds Swedes of the Polish firemen who did not refuse to help the Swedes when there was such a need. – Now there is “fire” in Poland, and the flames are a hybrid war on the border, which is being pushed by a Belarusian dictator with connections to Moscow, we can read.
“Government, don’t you remember the Polish firemen who extinguished the forests in Sweden? Now there is “fire” in Poland, and the flames are a hybrid war on the border being pushed by a Belarusian dictator with connections to Moscow,” the Bulletin website wrote, calling on the Swedish authorities to help Poland.
The author of the comment recalls that in July 2018, more than 50 fires raged in Sweden over a vast area in the central and northern parts of the country. More than 25,000 hectares of forest burned. “Our neighbour sent 44 fire trucks and 139 firefighters. When the convoy entered the (road) E4, it was greeted by people with Swedish and Polish flags,” he writes.
As Bulletin points out, the Polish firefighters stayed 16 days in Sveg (in the Jaemtland region). They saved, among others, the village of Karboele from fire, so that after evacuation its inhabitants could return to their homes. On the spot, the heir to the throne Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel thanked the Poles.
Meanwhile, as the columnist notes, “the red-green government (of the Social Democrats and the Greens) is behaving passively”. “The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde was present at the EU Council of Ministers and spoke about frozen assets, entry bans, and other EU-wide sanctions against the Belarusian state apparatus. However, the government has not planned any help in Poland,” he stresses.
In turn, in an article published in the daily “Goeteborgs-Posten”, Swedish historian Artur Szulc explains to the Swedes why the migration crisis in Belarus is perceived by many Poles as an attack on the country’s sovereignty.
“For many Poles, borders are not just marks and lines on a map. Historical experiences have instilled in them a strong desire for independence and security,” points out the historian.
The author reminds Swedes that the Poles were forced many times to do what the Swedes avoided, that is, to rebuild their nation at the cost of great sacrifices. Poland regained its independence 103 years ago, and the current shape of the borders was imposed on Poles after 1945.