Friday, September 15, 2017

Reparations for Poland?

If Poland wants reparations from their new NATO ally Germany over World War II crimes and damages, it should be in the form of a German army  heavy division based in central Poland.

Poland is raising the issue of reparations from Germany:

Polish parliamentary legal experts ruled on Monday that Warsaw has the right to demand reparations from Germany for its actions in the country during World War Two, although Poland's foreign minister indicated that no immediate claim would be made.

The issue of reparations, revived by Poland's eurosceptic ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) after decades of improving relations with Germany, could escalate tensions between the two European Union governments.

Germany is an ally now. I don't like this.

But perhaps the Germans and Poles could agree on a monetary figure without calling it reparations; calculate how much it would take to move and sustain a German heavy division in Poland to help deter a Russian invasion; and then sign a treaty to keep those German troops in Poland for the number of years it would take to pay the total monetary figure.

And let Germany count those additional costs as adding to their defense budget under the 2% of GDP defense spending goal.

But reparations from an ally that has long rejected their Nazi past? I don't think so.

And if the Poles want reparations for their Jewish citizens killed, the Poles might want to reconsider their anti-Semitic past, especially that era.

I value Poland as a NATO ally. But let's not go down this path, okay?