As terrorist attacks continue to maim and kill across Europe, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło called on fellow European politicians to “rise from your knees and from your lethargy” or risk “crying over your children every day,” during a Parliamentary address.
Just days after Szydło issued her rebuke, the United Kingdom suffered its third terrorist attack in the span of three months. Knife-wielding jihadis slammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before exiting and attacking bystanders in Borough Market.
“Where are you headed, Europe? Rise from your knees and from your lethargy, or you will be crying over your children every day,” Szydło said last week, just several days preceding the attack. “If you can’t see this — if you can’t see that terrorism currently has the potential to hurt every country in Europe, and you think that Poland should not defend itself, you are going hand in hand with those who point this weapon against Europe, against all of us.”
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The Polish prime minister said political correctness and unchecked mass migration of refugees into Europe will increase the threat and frequency of terror attacks.
“It needs to be said clearly and directly: This is an attack on Europe, on our culture, on our traditions,” the Polish prime minister said. “Do we want politicians who claim we have to get used to the attacks, and who describe terrorist attacks as incidents, or do we want strong politicians who can see the danger and can fight against it efficiently?”
Szydło also blasted “the madness” of European elites, insisting that Poland will not take part in the misguided policies that increase the threat of terror.
Both Poland and Hungary have clashed with the European Union over their refusal to accept migrant quotas.
Poland’s interior minister, Mariusz Błaszczak, also offered some harsh words for European leaders. Following the latest terror attacks in London, the Polish interior minister blasted the country’s previous government.
“The current government changed the policy of the [previous government], which was based on an open door for refugees. As such, all those mistakes which ended in tragic events in the west of Europe did not affect Poland,” Błaszczak said, according to Radio Poland.
Jarosław Kaczyński, the leader of Poland’s governing Law and Justice (PiS) party, also blasted political correctness after the London attack.
“Either Europe … will get up off its knees and start to seriously consider counteraction measures, but that means rejecting political correctness, or these types of incidents will continue,” he told Radio Poland, echoing Szydło’s rhetoric.
“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart, it will only get worse.”
The harsh rhetoric from Polish leaders offered a sharp contrast with the more tepid and “politically correct” reactions from other EU nations to the horrific attack in London.
Even U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May struggled to strike a strong tone in her reaction. Although she insisted that “enough is enough” and that there has been “far too much tolerance of extremism in our country,” she still insisted that “everybody needs to go about their lives as they normally would” while British society continues “to function in accordance with our values.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged her country’s solidarity with Britain, saying, “we are united across all borders in horror and sadness, but equally in determination,” she said in a prepared statement.
“I stress for Germany: In the fight against all forms of terrorism, we stand firmly and decisively at Britain’s side,” Merkel added.
She made no mention of the concrete actions Germany would take to counteract the growing terror threat.
Merkel, a leading proponent of mass Muslim migration to Europe, was joined in her action-free sentiments by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who said, “The coldbloodedness of the perpetrators as they attacked passers-by in London is disgusting and leaves us in mourning. The friends and families of the victims are in our thoughts. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his condolences to both May and the U.K., saying, “I know that the people of London will carry on defiantly, just like the people of Manchester showed us such a short time ago.”
Like the German leaders’ statements, Juncker avoided addressing the scale of the threat or discussing possible remedies.
Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron said, “In the face of this new tragedy, France is more than ever at Britain’s side. My thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones.”
Macron added that France “will continue to fight terrorism with all its powers, alongside the United Kingdom and all affected countries.”
More in line with the concerns demonstrated by the Polish leader, U.S. President Donald Trump strongly condemned the London attack while urging both Europe and the U.S. to cease being “politically correct” while attempting to solve the problem.
“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse,” Trump had tweeted Sunday.
In subsequent tweets Trump called for the Supreme Court to swiftly uphold his travel-ban executive order to halt migration from six terrorism-compromised nations.