Something happened mid-week that just gave me pause to reflect that, yes, my bias towards the Poles is well placed.
In addition to a older historical issues, in living memory, the Poles and Ukrainians took turns filling ditches with each other in one of the nastier sub-plots of the even nastier Eastern Front (the book Bloodlands is a good start).
The two nations have shared a few things recently. They both know the soul crushing nature Communism and the ever present danger of Russia.
I had the honor of serving with a few Ukrainian officers and Polish officers, and have great respect for both. Though the Ukrainians didn't have quite the "Western" vibe as their Polish counterparts - they were sure trying. It would be such a waste for Ukraine and Europe is they slide back in to the Russian orbit.
In that light, this picture just gave me a feeling that, yes, something good has potential in Eastern Europe.
Cities in Poland are putting up Ukrainian flags in #solidarity #euromaidan #ukraine pic.twitter.com/KA25qlK2vW
— Tatiana Kachmaryk (@TKachmaryk) December 5, 2013