Aleksander Kwasniewski, Polish Politician ( November 15, 1954 - )

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Following the Second World War, we are a country of one ethnicity. After the moving of the borders, after the tragedy of the Holocaust and the murder of Polish Jews, we don't have large minority groups.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

War World Holocaust

Every man is responsible only for his own acts. The sons do not inherit the sins of the fathers. But can we say: that was long ago, they were different?~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Man Long Sons

Righteous is the one who was able to demonstrate compassion in face of human suffering.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Compassion Suffering Face

Technology should be an important ingredient. It may be and should be a tool for social development.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Technology May Important

In my opinion, terrorism is a question which is not a short- term problem for all of us. It is a long-term fight. And NATO can play, and will play, a very crucial role in this struggle.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Struggle Fight Short

And I think to be in NATO for the countries of our region, it means more guarantees for us, it means more responsibility for our common security, but it means fulfillment of all standards of civilized world, like protection of human rights and democratic mechanisms.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Responsibility World Think

The nation is a community. Community of individuals, community of generations.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Community Nation

We have become aware of the responsibility for our attitude towards the dark pages in our history. We have understood that bad service is done to the nation by those who are impelling to renounce that past.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Attitude History Service

We know enough to stand here in truth - facing pain, cry and suffering of those who were murdered here. Face to face with the victims' families who are here today. Before the judgment of our own conscience.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Truth Today Pain

Well, we are very glad that Russia is so close with NATO.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Russia Well NATO

We welcome, we welcome this good cooperation between Russia and NATO.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Good Welcome Cooperation

We are a strong democratic country.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Strong Country Democratic

We all live in a free Poland, and there would be no free Poland without you, Twenty-five years ago, I did not stand on the same side together with you, but today I have no doubts that it was your vision of Poland which led us in the right direction.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Today Together Vision

To be in the EU, it means to have same rules of... for economy, for social life, to be together in the majority of European countries.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Life Together Rules

There is simply no room for anti-Semitism in a democratic and law-abiding state.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Anti-Semitism Democratic

So I think that is one of the reasons we can face some regional problems, which are very difficult, very dramatic and is necessary to have instruments to solve these problems. NATO is such instrument.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Problems Think Face

So I think that is from the European perspective, for the European future, this engagement can be one of the most important and effective decisions in the last 50 years maybe.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Future Decisions Important

So I think that I can say, as the President of Poland, we're proud that I am coming from Poland, which is different and what's more important, much better than before.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

I Am Proud Important

My message to the Americans, to the American President, is that I am coming from Poland, which is in good shape; it is much different than ten years ago when last state visit from Poland was here in the United States.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Good I Am American

However, I don't doubt that a wave of immigration will come to Poland.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Immigration Doubt Wave

And we want to develop our strategy to partnership and friendship with the United States, which is connected with a very rich history but what is very important for our future.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Friendship Future History

And still the time, especially in the economy, is very tough, very difficult. It's necessary to be active still, to work, to fight, to make our economy more competitive.~Aleksander Kwasniewski

Work Time Fight