Obama insulted the Polish, some claim, when he referred to a Polish death camp while telling a tale of individual bravery. The Poles were quick to point out that it was a NAZI death camp that just happened to be within the borders of NAZI-occupied Poland. The implication that Obama was somehow perpetuating an erroneous belief that the Polish were somehow in on the attempted genocide, rather than simply representing geography, I find to be questionable. I speak of the death camps the same way, after all – by geography. I know they were all NAZI-managed, and I assume that everyone else knows this already as well.
To me, it seems that the Polish are either very thin-skinned or have a bone to pick with Obama. They either don’t understand where he was coming from, or are deliberately trying to score political points against him in the eyes of the international community. Then again, perhaps I have misunderstood Obama’s intentions and he really did mean to insult the Poles. This is what The Understanding Project is all about. What do you think? Is Obama a loose cannon that needs to be reigned in before he insults more of our allies, or is this whole incident a non-issue that should be ignored?
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