Warning to Poland: ESCALATE!
Recognising that you are under attack is half of your defence. You are quite correct in characterising the situation on your border with Belarus as hybrid warfare, a violent kinetic/psychological attack that’s designed to elicit a humanitarian response, thereby paralysing the target population, either through helplessness in the face of a “humanitarian crisis” that the target assumes responsibility for, or by causing strife amongst the defenders. As we have seen in these attacks, as amongst Palestinians, who are masters at it, women and children are weaponised into human shields 2.0. The women and children, especially the children, are not (just) there to stop your soldiers from shooting the attackers, they are there to erode the resolve of your population. Confronted with suffering children, your own humanity will be used as a weapon against you. If you do not seize the initiative, the only way to confront this abuse of your humanity would be to harden your hearts, which means you split your population and lose even sooner.