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Friday, July 3, 2020

Reading between the lines of, ‘Thank God it was the Americans’

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As reported by Bloomberg, five Black Hawk U.S. army helicopters and one Chinook chopper descended on a Polish farm in the town of Gruta on Wednesday in an emergency landing that was precipitated by thick fog. (Great photos available

Russia controls a large swath of eastern Ukraine and Vladimir Putin seems ready to take all of it if he determines it would be in Russia’s interest. He already took Crimea and who knows if pro-Russian rebel groups in western Ukraine will try to wrest control from the central government?

My Poland borders western Ukraine and I don’t want Putin anywhere near my border. Remember Soviet-controlled Poland? It was a nightmare. Little food, long lines, few of the freedoms I enjoy today. People pulled out of their homes at night and imprisoned for nothing. Friends executed for speaking out against the Communist government.

We know what it tastes like to be a Western nation. We can’t go back to the world Putin admired. We want the protection of NATO, which means we are more than happy for the American military to have a presence here.

Another thing—Belarus (“White Russia”) shares a border with us. Belarus, Putin’s effective satellite and puppet. Belarus, a potential staging ground for a westward invasion if Putin so chooses. We don’t like having Russia’s buddy-buddy on our eastern border.

So, when we see six military helicopters that are definitely not Polish landing in our little farm town, we have to wonder, “Under what flag are those helicopters flying?”

How bold is Vladimir Putin? How far will he push America until it pushes back? We know the Polish military can’t do much to Russia, and Putin knows that without the threat of American military force, Russia could retake much of Eastern Europe. Could these helicopters have been sent here by Russia to see how far they can push the line?

Ok, let’s cautiously approach these helicopters and see who the pilots are.

Oh, they are speaking English. There are American flag patches on their uniforms. They say they are from the U.S. army and had to make an emergency landing because of the weather.

Phew.

Thank God we can still enjoy our little farm town. Thank God I can say what I want and write what I want and not fear for my life. Thank God I can buy all the food that my family needs to not be hungry, and then some.

Thank God it was the Americans.

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