CORRESPONDENCErnLetter From Polandrnby Jacek KoronackirnOn N A T O ExpansionrnThe expansion of NATO has been hotlyrndebated by American conservatives. As arnconservative Catholic Pole living inrnPoland, I am obviously interested in thisrndebate, not least because Poland andrnAmerica are part of the same civilization.rnAny matter of importance to either nationrnhas to be seen within a wider contextrnof the cultural and civilizational challengesrnfaced by the West.rnClearly, One-Worldism—the unholyrnquest for power around the globe by thernanti-Christian managerial elite—has tornbe stopped. American conservatives,rnmost notably in Chronicles, have shownrnthat this dangerous ideology aims at replacingrnChristianity with the totalitarianrnUtopia of liberal democracy. Some ofrnthem —such as Samuel Francis —evenrnsketch a long-term strategy for recapturingrnAmerica from the managerial establishment.rnBut the basis for their oppositionrnto NATO enlargement is morernproblematic.rnSix years ago, watching PatrnBuchanan’s campaign for the Republicanrnnomination, I thought his “isolationism”rnwas a proper cure for American imperialism.rnMoreover, I consideredrnAmerica’s withdrawal from Europe to bernhealthy for a continent corrupted to therncore. Regardless of whatever dangers thisrnwould pose to Poland and to my family, Irnsaw the American withdrawal as necessaryrnfor re-Christianizing the West. (Ofrncourse, “isolationism” was to be accompaniedrnby the abolition of the welfarewarfarernstate in America, and a renewedrninterest in a strict constiuctionist view ofrnthe Constitution.)rnBut nothing like this happened. Conservativesrnproved incapable of (or uninterestedrnin) changing the status quo.rnThese same “conservatives,” in a moralizingrntone, then protest the expansion ofrnNATO to Poland, the Czech Republic,rnSlovakia, and Hungary. But their oppositionrnis based on a misreading of Russia,rnboth past and present. They believe Russianrnwrongdoings stem from an unfairrndistrust of Russia. They allow for somernnationalistic, anti-Western, and militaristicrntendencies in the Russian bear, butrntheir Russia is an essentially benign, stable,rnand trustworthy country with strongrnand vivid cultural ties to Christianity.rnThe problem with this is that such arnRussia ceased to exist in the early 13thrncentury, when it was conquered by Mongols.rnTrue, the Khans’ rule was abolishedrnat the end of the 15th century and,rnthank God, both the Slavic language andrnthe Orthodox Church survived. Unfortunately,rnthe subjugation of the individualrnand of the Church to the Mongol-stylernpolitical, social, and economic orderrntook hold and continues to this day.rnHow can American conservatives andrnmoralists ignore the Russian imperialismrnof the last centuries?rnOf course, a peaceful cooperationrnwith Russia would be welcome. Cooperationrnis needed, but an unthoughtful appeasementrnis the worst possible strategyrnto help Russia rejoin the West. Andrnmore time is needed to see that the longrnperiod of Russian imperialism is over.rnNATO expansion (with more EasternrnEuropean countries admitted in the future),rnperhaps followed by NATO’s dissolutionrnwhen the new Russia proves stablernand trustworthy, could bring Russiarnback into the European fold while stabilizingrnforeign affairs for everyone in thernprocess. In fact, it is one of the necessaryrnconditions of rebuilding the true unity ofrnEurope —East and West—and rediscoveringrnits common roots and cultural andrnreligious heritage. To think that thisrnlaudable aim can be achieved by leavingrnWarsaw, Prague, and Budapest defenselessrnis preposterous.rnAdmittedly, whatever the needs ofrnWarsaw, Prague, and Budapest, it doesrnnot follow that it is the United States’ responsibilityrnto meet them. Indeed, thernonly legitimate objection to NATO expansionrnis that it’s not an issue for America:rnPoles, not Americans, should die forrnPoland. But if this is so, why doesn’trnAmerica disengage from Europe entirely?rnBecause this is not happening, the refusalrnto admit Poland, the Czech Republic,rnand Hungary into NATO can onlyrnbe seen as the abandonment of theserncountries to an historically aggressivernneighbor.rnI neither know nor have the right torndeliberate on whether America shouldrnhelp my region, though I personallyrnwould consider it a blessing. Only Americarncan decide this. Whether she is stillrncapable (and willing) to think in terms ofrna wider family of Christian nations, onlyrntime will tell.rnJacek Koronacki writes from Warsaw.rnLetter From Londonrnby Derek TurnerrnPicking Up thernConservative PiecesrnConservatives, with and without an upperrncase “c,” have still not recoveredrnfrom last year’s electoral disaster. Evenrnthe drama of the Conservative Party leadershiprnelection, and the surprisinglyrncomfortable Conservative victory at thernsubsequent Uxbridge by-election, havernnot removed a general feeling on thernright of shock and bemusement. Evenrnnow we cannot believe that the tediousrnMr. Blair is actually Prime Minister (ofrnGreat Britainl), and that the Cabinet isrncomposed largely of hard-faced womenrnor politically correct dullards, few ofrnwhom seem to have said or done anythingrninteresting in their hard, workingclassrnexistence as barristers, social workers,rnteachers, local government officials,rnand professional feminists.rnAlthough the feeble John Major hadrndone his best to emasculate the philosophyrnwhich his party ostensibly representedrn(how was he ever Prime Minister,rnwhile we are on the subject?), there wasrnan indefinable feeling which madernmany of us campaign for his governmentrnnonetheless, despite all the brokenrnpromises and wasted opportunities, or atrnleast which made us feel guilty aboutrnsupporting the two anti-European Unionrnparties which took one million votesrnfrom the Tories and helped lose themrnJULY 1998/39rnrnrn