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As Dalia Grybauskaitė is (hopefully) getting a good night’s sleep before meeting with Julia Tymoshenko I wish to share with you an insight that struck me today. Struck me so hard that I decided to disregard my own advice and use a historical reference to substantiate my point [1]. Here goes:

It mostly goes unnoticed, but there has not been a military conflict in Eastern Europe that effected only one of the two neighbors since Mongolian invasion in the fourteenth century.

The mess concerning the regional defence is a colossal testament to the incompetence of the two governments who let this trivia, misunderstandings and failure to communicate in a civilized manner get dragged so far upwards. This is also a testament to a complete misunderstanding of the concept of „regional defence“ [2].

Polish planes are not „defending Lithuanian skies“. Neither do they do it for free. Zokniai is not a NATO airbase out of charity but because of its strategic location. It is Alliance’s skies and Alliance’s border. For some odd reason this slipped somebody’s mind, so morons are now sitting and pointing fingers. Hopefully someone is at least trying to do something to clean up this mess instead.

I am aware that almost every government in Europe currently is ready and willing (though, quietly, not able) to give up all of their international commitments in the eyes of their electorate. Yet it just does not seem as a legitimate political programme at the time. Any time, come to think about it. How about we stop pretending that it is?

[1] This does not mean that my position towards using historic references has changed. On the contrary, I would add to it by pointing out, that there are dozens of references available and only a handful of them are painful to the less literate and less even-tempered public. Sadly, only that handful is used in this slightly sickening bickering. Thus, I have picked one that has not been used once.

[2] As well as the proof that nobody in the political bodies are listening to their respective historians.