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Zawadzki, Mariusz

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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 26/08/2013

Obama morally obliged to step in

By using internationally outlawed chemical weapons, Syria has transgressed a moral boundary, making it necessary for the global community with the US at its head to intervene, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes: "One year ago Obama talked of a red line that would be crossed in such a case. If he remains passive now it will show that what the US president says doesn't need to be taken too seriously. This could have negative repercussions not only in Syria but also across the globe. If the international community fails to react now, it will infringe on a taboo and violate a principle that has been in effect since the First World War. Namely that there may be no recourse to chemical weapons. Obama, the leader of the world's biggest superpower and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is responsible for moral standards being upheld in war - whether he likes it or not."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 26/07/2013

Snowden sensitised US to surveillance

An initiative launched by both Republican and Democratic representatives for tougher restrictions on phone surveillance in the US failed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. The result was surprisingly close at 205-217 votes. A small triumph for Edward Snowden, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza notes: "It's still not clear what will happen to him, but one thing's for sure: he has sensitised the American people to the issue of surveillance and the fight against terrorism. The Wednesday vote was further proof of this. The result comes as a complete surprise because the leaders of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, had strongly urged the representatives to reject the proposed amendments. So Snowden, who has been stuck at a Moscow airport for months, can be satisfied. … Because to a certain extent he has already won."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 18/06/2009

Violence detracts from the legitimacy of the Iranian regime

The left-liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza appraises the unrest in Iran in the wake of the country's presidential elections, and comments critically on the behaviour of incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "Ultimately the use of violence will harm the legitimacy of the Islamic Republic. Its fundament - the religious and political doctrine of Ayatollah [Ruhollah Musavi] Khomeini - is fading into distant memory. The country is turning into just another military dictatorship. 'These aren't protests', said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a smile after the first protests against the official election results, 'the supporters of the defeated candidate are getting all wound up over nothing.' ... The protesters are like disappointed fans whose team has lost, he said. And on Monday he flew to Russia for a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, where he announced the defeat of capitalism and the downfall of the major powers. Ironically it is the walls of his own state that are now trembling."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 28/12/2005

Polish Military Advisers in Iraq

Poland is extending its military presence in Iraq to the end of 2006. "From a military point of view our troops are no longer needed, but they play a vital role in training Iraqi soldiers whose duty it will be to maintain law and order in their country," commentator Mariusz Zawadzki writes. For Zawadzki, the question of whether Poland will profit financially by keeping troops stationed in Iraq is irrelevant. "We mustn't leave the Iraqis alone now because we too are responsible for the consequences of intervention: for the many casualties and even for the Americans' torture of prisoners in Abu Gharib – something we have not yet resolutely condemned. It's our moral duty to do everything possible to ensure that thousands of Iraqi victims have not died in vain."

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