It's the last stop the West makes before it arrives in East.
Don't kid yourself Russia isn't Western. It's history of...and in truth preference for...autocracy puts it outside of the West. Yes they follow Western fashions and have done so from the days of Peter the Great. But since Peter died less than three hundred years ago that should tell you just how shallow their bond to the West is. Russia's deepest heart will always be Eastern. Let me be clear I don't have a problem with that. We can't make the world Western and we shouldn't even consider trying. Russia should be Russian. It's a good thing that they have found their own flavor of nationalism. Just don't pretend that Russia is something it isn't. We won't find our own salvation there.
Perhaps I'm wrong about Poland being the last stop the West makes before it arrives in the East. Maybe it might be more accurate to view it as a Western colony in the East because... Seriously, how Western is Germany?
Think about that for a second or two. Consider the history of the Deutsche and their political traditions of absolutism. More importantly, how often have those traditions been a threat to the West? Much more importantly how big a threat are they to the West right freaking now? Angela Merkel is the Anti-Trump. Currently she is the leader of the globalist movement, (*or the most visible leader anyway*).
Compounding their, at best, tepid commitment to Western ideals is the problem of Holocaustianity. German's of Angela Merkel's generation mostly want their own nationality to vanish and take whatever guilt they feel over this matter with it. Nationalism is still a dirty word with eighty percent of Millennial Germans. There is no point in looking for hope with that younger generation.
Poland on the other hand looks to be the strongest horse in the race for Western survival.
Polish youth made waves during last Sunday’s Parliamentary elections, (Oct. 2015) when two-thirds of voters ages 18 to 26 cast their ballots for the three right-wing parties, leading the opposition to a landslide victory. This is no isolated incident: Over the past few years, radical political parties have been gaining traction with young voters across Europe. Disillusioned by the European Union, unemployed in their home countries, and tempted to emigrate elsewhere, European Millennials are losing faith in liberal mainstream leaders and gravitating toward the same nationalist sentiments that once tore Europe apart—putting them at odds with older generations who consider nationalism an unpleasant memory best left in the past.
President Trump's Warsaw Declaration was a watershed moment. The Left knew it's enemy had finally declared itself as it's enemy. All of the scribblers who had started out working for The New Republic went on the warpath.
To the Atlantic's Peter Beinart, usually among the saner writers among the Left's intelligentsia, the speech was full (as the headline put it) of "racial and religious paranoia." He claims, against all history, that this non-geographic use of the term "the West" is not ideological or economic, but instead "racial and religious…. To be considered Western, a country must be largely Christian (preferably Protestant or Catholic) and largely white."
Beinart really let the mask slip there but he wasn't alone.
The Warsaw Declaration was salt in the open, puss dripping sore that is Leftist thought.
Defending the glory that is the West is an unspeakable horror to them. But not to the valiant defenders of those ideal in Poland.
"Those heroes remind us that the West was saved with the blood of patriots, that each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense, and that every foot of ground, and every last inch of civilization is worth defending with your life. Our own fight for the West does not begin on the battlefield. It begins with our minds, our wills, and our souls. Today, the ties that unite our civilization are no less vital and demand no less defense than that bare shred of land on which the hope of Poland once totally rested. Our freedom, our civilization, and our survival, depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory. And today as ever, Poland is in our heart, and its people are in that fight. Just as Poland could not be broken, I declare today, for the world to hear, that the West will never, ever be broken. Our values will prevail, our people will thrive, and our civilization will triumph." -- Donald Trump, President of the United States of America