The Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski recently called Russia ‘an existential threat’ to Poland and the EU. In his view, Russia is even more dangerous than so-called Islamic State, since the threats posed by the Middle Eastern terrorists are not “existential.” Waszczykowski’s comment was made at a security conference in the Slovak capital Bratislava, and it predictably made waves in Russia. Alexei Pushkov, the head of the Duma’s Committee on Foreign Relations, called Waszczykowski “an existential threat to common sense,” dismissing the fears of the Polish politician as nonsense.
But what was the West’s reaction to the Polish minister’s outlandish statement? It was zero, and this is the most dangerous development. Even during the last years of the Soviet Union, when the cold war was in everyone’s memory and in some ways still a part of daily reality, this kind of statement would lead to a resignation or at least to a defeat at the next election (remember Barry Goldwater). But now this was not the case. FULL REPORT