Poland Offers Troops for Afghanistan
Poland is the first to answer NATO's call for more troops in Afghanistan. They will send 1000, though where they will position them is still unclear. In making their declaration public, Poland's prime minister and NATO's secretary general hope to encourage other nations to respond to NATO's request.
Poland has a history of fighting for freedom. Count Casimir Pulaski, for example, fought with us in the American Revolution, dying at the Siege of Savannah. Also, General Thaddeus Kosciusko (Tadeusz Kosciuszko) fought as a colonel in the Continental Army under George Washington, and returned home to Poland to begin reform efforts there.
Poland was the first European nation in the modern era to introduce a written constitution, enacting many reforms and bringing many freedoms to its people. Unfortunately, this threatened and angered Poland's bellicose neighbors, Austria, Prussia, and Russia, who ganged up on her and subjugated her.
Now that Poland is finally free from Russian domination, it is not surprising to see her stepping up for freedom in whatever small ways she can.