Ignorant people or useful idiots? Ecologists care more about the Białowieża Forest than Poland’s border security

An international group of 700 scientists joined the Greens, who appealed to the European Commission to suspend the barrier’s construction on the Polish border with Belarus

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Marzena Nykiel
Workers and heavy machinery working on the first part of some 180 kilometers (115 miles) of a 5.5 meter (18ft)-high metal wall intended to block migrants pushed by Belarus, in what the European Union calls a "hybrid attack," from crossing illegally into EU territory, in Tolcze, near Kuznica, Poland, on the Polish side of the border with Belarus on, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

The migrant assault against the Polish border orchestrated by the Belarusian regime has slightly weakened, but only because winter has cooled their fervor. There is no doubt that the threat is still present and the aggression of Belarusian officers proves that this state of affairs will be maintained for a long time.

Therefore, it is not a surprise that the government decided to initiate the construction of a border wall as quickly as possible.

“The construction of the barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border has been ongoing since Jan. 25. It is being carried out on four sections simultaneously,” the Border Guard revealed.

Nevertheless, the construction has been boycotted by ecologists. Is this ignorance, or purposeful activity meant to weaken the Polish state?

The border barrier will be 186 kilometers long and is meant to secure Poland and the EU’s Eastern external border against the next expected assaults. Although no one sensible who cares for Poland’s security and who understands the responsibility our country bears in maintaining the integrity of the EU border will not question this decision, the Polish opposition is seeking new ways to boycott the construction decision.

The Greens have come to their aid, according to whom the Białowieża Forest must be protected by any means necessary and the local ecosystem and well-being of animals should not be violated.

“Since the very beginning we have clearly opposed the construction of a fence made up of razors and a wall. We are the only ones to have undertaken legal steps. Today, when the construction in the very heart of the most precious area in Europe has begun, we are forced to take additional steps. We must prevent this devastation!” the Greens wrote on Twitter.

An international group of 700 scientists mostly from Europe joined the Greens, who appealed to the European Commission to suspend the barrier’s construction until it has been investigated whether it has a negative impact on the integrity of the Nature 2000 network. In addition, they want to check whether the border wall can be designed so as not to adversely affect endangered species and natural environments.

Can this be even more silly? One would assume, that in the face of the threat with which Poland has been dealing with for half a year, everyone should speak with one voice, especially since the artificially caused crisis is the result of Russian and Belarusian policy.

The whole world is debating what to do to stop Putin and help Ukraine; how to strengthen its security. The world is analyzing the movements of Russian troops near Ukraine and in Belarus, where Russian-Belarusian drills are taking place.

Meanwhile, ecologists want to stop defensive measures in the name of protecting the ecosystem.

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