The Polish election

December 06, 1990

IT'S A BAD thing that reason, political realism and patience in Poland should have lost out against populism, impatience and ++ the idea that a society can change from one day to the next.

The Poles will find out that the leader of their choice will disappoint their faith in charisma and intution. Poland's democracy is still a tiny seedling that has to be nurtured the way Prince Minister [Tadeusz] Mazowiecki did. It is not served by a dictatorial and unpredictable leader.

Lech Walesa -- currently still very popular -- will soon encounter harsh, everyday reality. He will do well to realize that a long and difficult road is ahead, full of pitfalls and setback.

-- Algemeen Dagblad, Rotterdam, Netherlands

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