Polish election victors say troops out of Iraq, tougher negotiations on Bush’s missile shield

This is an anti Iraq war music video from Poland; Big Cyc – Mówi Bagdad.

Translation of the lyrics:

Big Cyc – Baghdad Speaking

Janek is going to Baghdad — want to fight
Young wife will proudly live in Poland
Muslims want to wipe out infidels
Blood and sweat pouring on dry sand

Polish Army pay poorly — everyone knows
Something from smuggling you can rack up — it’s ok
Again bomb attack in Tikrit — shadow of death
Suicide terrorist with dynamite — stared day

Salamu, salamu, salamu alaykum
As-salamu, salamu, salamu,

You can hear silent bullets swishes above helmets
Screams of tearing up people — children’s squeal
Polish soldier had character — hard guy
He don’t know what about he fight all year long

Janek returns to Warsaw — human wreck
Without money, wife and fame — something wrong
Mr. minister praise army — everything is ok
Although they don’t read Koran — want to fight


From Reuters, as published in the Mercury in Tasmania, Australia:

Poland will seek 2008 Iraq troop withdrawal

From correspondents in Warsaw

October 22, 2007 10:33am

POLAND‘S centre-right Civic Platform, poised to form government after winning a weekend parliamentary election, will seek to pull Polish troops out of Iraq early next year, a top party official says.

The official said the Civic Platform might also break off the outgoing government’s negotiations with the United States on hosting a missile defence system on Polish soil unless Washington offered sufficient security trade-offs.

Polish troops should withdraw from Iraq in 2008 because our mission has already been fulfilled,” Bogdan Zdrojewski, the head of the party’s parliamentary caucus, said.

He said the 900-strong Polish contingent would hopefully be withdrawn from Iraq early in 2008, but this still depended on whatever conditions the current government had negotiated.

The Civic Platform has long questioned the presence of Polish troops in Iraq as part of the US-led force, but the government of conservative Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski had said immediate withdrawal would amount to desertion.

The official did not say a Civic Platform-led government would stop negotiations on the missile shield, which the United States says can counter the danger of “rogue states” and which Russia calls a threat.

But he did say a new government would set tougher conditions for allowing interceptor missiles to be based in Poland.

See also here.

And here.

And here.

It is to be hoped all this will turn out to be improvements in practice, not just rhetoric.

Apparently, even the Polish center right has to take into account the impopularity of George W. Bush’s war policies among the people in Poland.

See also here.

Update 14 November 2007: here.

4 thoughts on “Polish election victors say troops out of Iraq, tougher negotiations on Bush’s missile shield

  1. Oct 22, 3:13 PM EDT

    2 US sailors shot to death in Bahrain

    Associated Press Writer

    CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — A U.S. Navy sailor shot and killed two female sailors early Monday in the barracks an American military base in Bahrain, officials said.

    The alleged shooter, a man, was critically wounded in the shooting at the U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain base, said a Navy official who was not authorized to release the information to the media and spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The Navy said the shootings, which took place around 5 a.m. and forced the base to close for about an hour, were not terror related and only involved U.S. military personnel.

    A State Department official in Washington said that while initial reports suggested the incident may have been the result of a “love triangle,” it now appeared to be a case of a jilted boyfriend shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend and then shooting himself.

    It was not clear if the second female victim was romantically involved, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still under way.

    The wounded sailor apparently shot himself, the Navy said. The Navy declined to release the names of those involved, saying their families had not been notified.

    “The incident is under investigation, and it would not be prudent to discuss details at this time,” said Navy spokesman Lt. John Gay.

    Bahrain, a tiny island nation on the Persian Gulf, is a U.S. ally and home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, which is responsible for an area of about 2.5 million square miles of water including the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean.

    About 3,600 personnel work on the U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain base, located just outside Bahrain’s capital, Manama. The base supports U.S. naval ships in the region.


    Associated Press writer Matthew Lee in Washington contributed to this report.

    On the Net:


    © 2007 The Associated Press.


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