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Lessons from the Battle of Warsaw, 1920-2020

100 years ago, the Poles defeated the Red Army on the outskirts of Warsaw.

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By Robert Trent

100 years ago, on the outskirts of Warsaw, the fate of Europe was being decided in a now forgotten battle.

On the banks of the Vistula, the Poles faced off the invading Soviet hordes, who having taken control of Russia, decided to expand their totalitarian communist ideology into Europe.

Europe was exhausted by the First World War, worker movements all across Europe were hungry for change and the atmosphere was ripe for rebellion. The Soviets were aware of this, “To the West! March on to Vilnius, Minsk, Warsaw! and onward to Berlin over the corpse of Poland!” commanded General Tukhachevsky in July 1920.

In fact, some Bolsheviks had greater ambitions than merely reaching Berlin, Nikolai Bukharin wrote about taking the war “right up to London and Paris.”

All that stood between the heart of Europe and the almost million strong Soviet Army was the Poles. The Soviets advanced into Poland at the incredible rate of 32 kilometres a day, pushing the Poles steadily deeper into Poland, until they finally reached the outskirts of Warsaw.

On the 13th of August 1920, the Battle of Warsaw started. Communist propaganda and Western opinion alike predicted the swift defeat of the Poles. So convinced were people that Warsaw would fall that all foreign diplomats chose to flee the city, apart from the Vatican and British Ambassadors.

However, against all odds, the mass mobilisation of Polish society against the Bolsheviks, accompanied by talented Polish codebreakers and cryptologists, combined with the tactical genius of Field Marshal Jozef Pilsudski and General Rozwadowski led the Poles to victory on the 15th of August 1920.

The Bolsheviks were not only stopped, but pushed back, and Lenin abandoned plans for a worldwide revolution, focusing instead on consolidating power in Russia.

Just as the Poles led by King John III Sobieski saved Christendom by stopping the Ottomans at the Gates of Vienna in 1683, they contained the spread of communist totalitarianism in 1920.

Poland would eventually fall, 19 years later, to the German Nazis who would wipe out the country’s elites and leave the country in ruin by 1945, and then to the Soviets who would finish off the job and impose 45 years of communist misery and poverty on the country. The Poles, having faced off the communist threat militarily in 1920, fended it off between 1945 and 1989 culturally and spiritually, never letting themselves or their identity be broken by the communist tyranny.

Having experienced on their own backs the misery of communism, the Poles are perhaps even more staunchly anti-communist than in 1920, and the current Law and Justice government, reflects this.

It is perhaps ironic then, that just as Poland celebrates the 100th anniversary of this glorious victory over communism, and reminisces about how it contained the threat from the East, this time, the threat lies in the West.

It is a more subtle and a cleverer threat, and perhaps thus a much more dangerous one than the primitive communism of the Bolsheviks. Totalitarianism or existential threats do not always come on the bayonets of invading hordes – as we are seeing in the West today, sometimes they come as neatly packaged and alluring gifts. The Polish Minister of Culture, Piotr Glinski recently wrote that “Western civilization has already fallen once. (…) The Roman Empire collapsed not only as the result of a barbarian invasion, but also because it lost self-confidence. Today we are facing the same threat.”

The Western world, reduced to the Western lifestyle, now faces it’s most severe test in decades: the challenges of the crisis of liberalism combined with an aggressive and ever stronger progressive left and Marxist thought. This crisis is keenly felt in the West; the seeds planted by Marx, his critique of capital and of the accumulation of wealth, 150 years later, have found their way back “home”. Lest we forget, though communism first took power in Russia, Marx “Communist Manifesto” was written whilst Marx lived in Brussels, whereas “Das Kapital” was researched from the comfort of the British Museums reading room, in between multiple cigar breaks, all whilst Marx was married to an aristocrat.

It is precisely in times like these, when society faces not only hardship but is faced with an existential threat, that we ought to look back for inspiration in history. Britain has not been successfully invaded since 1066, and so the Poles provide a wonderful example to draw from; they have defended the peripheries of Western civilisation for centuries, repelling the Mongols and the Tatars. In 1683, the Winged Hussars of Polish King John III Sobieski defeated the Ottomans at Vienna. In 1920, the Polish Army led by Pilsudski repelled the Red Horde. Throughout the second half of the 20th Century, the Polish Pope John Paul II led a spiritual war against communism, whereas the Polish Solidarity movement repeatedly challenged communism.

What has given the Poles the will to act and fight so desperately over the centuries? Who knows exactly what the answer actually is, but it would seem the permanent threat to their very existence, combined with a deep love for freedom and their staunch Catholic faith provide at least a partial explanation.

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Fox News Has Effectively Banned Trump From Appearing on Their Network

Decision at “highest levels” to shun former president in favor of DeSantis.

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Fox News has effectively banned Donald Trump from appearing on their network in what seems to be part of a deliberate move to throw its support behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

A report by the New York Times noted that Trump has not appeared on Fox News in over 100 days in what seems to be part of an intentional effort to freeze out his 2024 candidacy.

Having last appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on April 13, Trump himself complained that his old friend “doesn’t seem to be paying him much attention anymore.”

According to Newsmax, this is a clear sign that Fox is “banning” Trump from the network altogether as it prepares to throw its full weight behind DeSantis.

The right-wing news outlet pointed to a video released by Fox News two weeks ago which showed ‘man on the street’ style interviews with Trump supporters who said they don’t want him to run again and “unanimously backed DeSantis for 2024.”

A decision has reportedly been made at “the highest levels” of Fox’s parent company and by the Murdoch family to shun Trump entirely.

“Fox News opposed Trump in 2016 when it mattered and right before the 2020 election the Daily Beast reported that Rupert Murdoch was predicting Trump will lose “in a landslide,” points out Chris Menahan.

“The Daily Beast credited “three people who have spoke with Murdoch” for the scoop but I suspect Murdoch just gave them the story himself.”

Trump has repeatedly suggested he will run for the presidency again in 2024, although many supporters expected him to announce his candidacy in July and that never happened.

The former president is still weighing up whether to make the announcement before or after this year’s mid-terms, which Republicans are expected to win handsomely.

Last month, an unlisted video discovered on YouTube showed Trump’s plane getting a new paint job, suggesting he could be about to announce his 2024 bid to return to the White House.

Trump reportedly told allies recently that if he is re-elected he will impose a “purge” of the deep state and right the wrongs of his first term.

As we highlighted earlier, Trump trolled Biden by suggesting he caught dementia, not COVID, and will retire part time to a nursing home.

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Trump Trolls Biden by Suggesting He Contracted Dementia, Not COVID

“Get well soon, Joe!”

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Donald Trump trolled Joe Biden by suggesting the president has contracted dementia, not COVID, and is considering moving to a nursing home.

Trump made the comments on Truth Social after it was revealed that the quadruple vaccinated Biden had caught COVID for the second time in the space of two weeks.

“Joe Biden’s second bout of Covid, sometimes referred to as the China Virus, was sadly misdiagnosed by his doctors. He instead has Dementia, but is happily recovering well,” Trump wrote.

“Joe is thinking of moving, part time, to one of those beautiful Wisconsin Nursing Homes, where almost 100% of the residents miraculously, and for the first time in history, had the strength and energy to vote — even if those votes were cast illegally,” he added.

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Biden was released from isolation on Wednesday last week after testing negative for the virus and finishing a five-day course of Paxlovid.

However, on Saturday it was announced that Biden had again tested positive, although the White House claimed he was suffering no symptoms.

As we have documented, many top Democrats remain unconvinced that Biden can run successfully for re-election in 2024, citing his apparent cognitive impairment that only seems to be getting worse.

The New York Times published an article lamenting the fact that Biden’s double COVID diagnosis will “complicate his effort to turn his illness into a positive story” and delay his campaign trips in support of Democratic allies.

The newspaper also fretted that yet another example of Paxlovid causing a rebound COVID diagnosis will make Pfizer look bad.

The report admitted that the number of rebound cases caused by the drug is “likely significantly higher” than those acknowledged by Pfizer itself.

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Democrat House Majority Leader Refuses to Commit to Supporting Biden 2024

Rats continue to flee the sinking ship.

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Democrat House majority leader Steny Hoyer (D-NY) refused to commit to supporting Biden 2024 in another sign that the president is being jettisoned as his cognitive abilities decline.

Hoyer made the comments during an appearance on Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show.

“Let me ask you this, do you think, as some in your party are saying, [Biden] should run again, he’s open to running again, he’s not too old to run again?” Cavuto asked Hoyer.

“Neil, I-I-I’m not gonna go there,” Hoyer replied. “You’re asking about problems today, this is about today. There’s an inflation problem.”

“Well, six out of 10 Democrats don’t think the President’s up to dealing with this today,” Cavuto interjected, but Hoyer refused to be drawn on the matter.

With the New York Times having published six hit pieces against Biden’s candidacy in the last two months, the rats appear to be fleeing the sinking ship.

Front and center as the reason is Biden’s declining cognitive abilities, with him stumbling into yet another verbal gaffe yesterday by saying he had cancer.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) also refused to say she’d support Biden running again during an appearance on CNN last month.

Yesterday, we highlighted the comments of Dick Morris, former top advisor to Bill Clinton, who sensationally claimed that Hillary is being lined up to replace Biden.

According to Morris, the Democratic establishment knows “that Biden can’t run again in 2024” due to his “quickly declining mental abilities” and the economic disaster he had presided over.

As we document in the video below, given how he has behaved over the last two years, the notion that Biden would come out on top of debates with Trump two years from now is absurd.

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