NewsFri Feb 5, 2010 - 12:15 pm EST
Lech Walesa: World Has ‘Lost Hope’ of America’s Moral Leadership
By Kathleen Gilbert
CHICAGO, Illinois, February 5, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Lech Walesa, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former president of Poland, has warned that the world has "lost that hope" with which it once turned to America as a moral leader.
Walesa was co-founder of Solidarnoœæ (Solidarity), the Soviet bloc's first independent trade union, which lead led the non-violent uprising that overthrew communist rule in Poland in the 1980s and delivered one of the major death-blows to the Iron Curtain.
The anti-communist icon gave his brief remarks on America during a Chicago rally Jan. 29 endorsing Adam Andrzejewski in the Republican primary for governor of Illinois.
"The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it - militarily," said Walesa via a translator. "They also lead economically, but they're getting weak.
"They don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership," he continued. "The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations.
"There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we lost that hope."
One million Chicago residents are of Polish descent, making it the city with the largest Polish population outside of Warsaw, Poland. CNSNews.com reports, however, that the Walesa appearance received almost no media coverage in Chicago, President Obama's hometown.
In an interview with FoundingBloggers.com, Walesa added that "the world today needs some order, values. The world needs solidarity, the new solidarity."
Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Human Life International (HLI), said that Walesa "has reiterated with much greater authority something that HLI says on every continent."
"America's leaders have squandered our country's unique moral status, and as Mr. Walesa recognizes, the world is worse off for it," Euteneuer told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) this week. "It's not that America cannot return to greatness, but it will take some serious soul-searching and conversion from hateful practices like abortion.
"I pray that our country will see how far it has fallen and elect leaders who will restore our moral authority again."