Poland - Young people join paramilitary groups to defend their country

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BBC World Service - Assignment , Poland's Amateur Defenders

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Playing war-games in the woods has become an ever-more popular pastime in Poland as thousands of young people join paramilitary groups to defend their country against possible invasion. Others – so-called “preppers” - are building bunkers and storing food supplies so their families can survive any disaster.

Now the government plans to recruit such enthusiasts into a state-run volunteer defence force – to counter a possible Russian threat.
Poland plans paramilitary force of 35,000 to counter Russia - BBC News

Poland says it will start recruiting in September for a new 35,000-strong paramilitary defence force because of tensions with Russia.

Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz said top positions in the Territorial Defence Force had already been decided.

The force will have civilian volunteers trained in military skills. It is aimed at countering "hybrid" warfare of the kind that led parts of Ukraine to break away and pledge loyalty to Russia.

Nato also plans to reinforce Poland.
Paranoia? Or an escallation of sorts? Or a thing of nothing?

I sometimes feel we are slipping uncontrollably toward another pretty big war ..
 


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Any 'tensions' are a direct result of US sh!tstirring and scaremongering re Russia as it seeks to drive a wedge between Europe and Russia.
 

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Just getting prepared.

The Polish have a proud history of this - the Leśni took on both the Nazi and Soviet occupiers during (and just after) WW2.
... and was defeated by both...

Its hard to imagine any scenario of war with Russia that wouldnt end in a nuclear holocaust. Perhaps learning to live in the woods is a good idea.
 

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And this going on not to far away ..

Tough talk between Russia, Ukraine heats up Crimea stalemate

Ukraine put its troops on combat alert Thursday along the country's de-facto borders with Crimea and separatist rebels in the east amid an escalating war of words with Russia over Crimea.
Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot | Reuters

Vladimir Putin summoned his security council and the Russian Navy announced war games in the Black Sea a day after the Russian president accused Ukraine of trying to provoke a conflict over Crimea, which Moscow seized and annexed in 2014.
 

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Joke told to me by a Pole:

Q: You have a gun with two bullets and there's a German soldier and a Russian soldier in front of you. Who do you shoot first?

A: The Russian. "Business before pleasure."
 

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And the maniac Neocons want to ship state-of-the-art weapons to the Ukrainians.
 

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Joke told to me by a Pole:

Q: You have a gun with two bullets and there's a German soldier and a Russian soldier in front of you. Who do you shoot first?

A: The Russian. "Business before pleasure."
I was expecting "shoot the Russian twice"
 

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BBC World Service - Assignment , Poland's Amateur Defenders

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Poland plans paramilitary force of 35,000 to counter Russia - BBC News



Paranoia? Or an escallation of sorts? Or a thing of nothing?

I sometimes feel we are slipping uncontrollably toward another pretty big war ..
These groups were set up to defend Poland from immigrant invasion, not from Russia. The NATO régime in Poland is just trying to divert them away from their stated task and co-opt them safely into NATO ballsollogy
 

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Former NATO Chief: Russia to Invade Poland, Start World War III

n a briefing report, NATO’s former European chief suggested that the Alliance must “significantly increase the troop presence in Poland” or else Russia will catch the West by surprise with a sneak attack.

On Sunday, NATO’s former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Sir Richard Shirreff, offered a chilling albeit absurdist warning claiming that Russia has troops ready for a lightning takeover of Eastern Europe and that President Vladimir Putin may be willing to set off World War III in a matter of hours.
NEWSWEEK article on similar:

War With Russia Looms, Says Former NATO General in New Book
 

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Any European war against Russia and you can count me out.
Russia is not and never has been an enemy of the European people.
Trump is right when he says we need to join forces with Russia and crush the common enemy of today.
 

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And this is the kind of wide eyed loon that is in charge of NATO.
It wasnt NATO that invaded Ukraine it was Russia though under plausible deniability except in Crimea where it was in the open.
 

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It wasnt NATO that invaded Ukraine it was Russia though under plausible deniability except in Crimea where it was in the open.

NATO did invade Ukraine by supplying money and weapons to Neo-Nazi groups to overthrow the elected government. Crimea is and was part of Russia, just as the occupied six counties are and were part of Ireland.
 

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NATO did invade Ukraine by supplying money and weapons to Neo-Nazi groups to overthrow the elected government. Crimea is and was part of Russia, just as the occupied six counties are and were part of Ireland.
Nonsensical.

Reminiscent of the Goebbels newsreels before the invasion of Poland claiming Germans were being persecuted and before the takeover of the Sudetenland aswell.
 

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Any 'tensions' are a direct result of US sh!tstirring and scaremongering re Russia as it seeks to drive a wedge between Europe and Russia.

I'd have thought that the invasion of Ukraine by Russia was the main reason.
 


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