Well, I'm going to throw away my love for my country for now, just for this opinion. I am aware it was a joke, (even though Poland is always the laughing stock of Europe, which annoys me) but it was a weak response to a structured argument.
During the Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime Overseas (aired on May 1, 2015) Bill Maher, in response to Garry Kasparov's argument, muttered "Wake me when he takes Poland". Was it a fair response? See it on YouTube.
Regarding Poland as a laughing stock, I thought that it might help to know that in the Netherlands, Polish immigrants are increasingly regarded as nice, good and hardworking people who are actually able to have a good time. A while back, a newsarticle was dedicated to the fact how well-mannered and fun people from Poland are when they go out (especially compared to Dutch people in discotheques).
Good to know. Especially that I remember that few years ago some crazy Dutch politician... let me google his name... Geert Wilders and his party PVV lanuched a website against Polish immigrants (not only Polish, it was about immigrants from eastern Europe probably). Basically it was (or is) a website to file complaints against the immigrants and their inappropriate behavior. It was quite a thing in Poland - to the point that a Polish comedian Szymon Majewski told the viewers of his live show (3mln audience) to go to the website and file a complaint at the same time... You can imagine that the website went down :).
In Poland we have these stereotypes that if someone goes to Holland, it's
a) to smoke pot
b) to marry a gay partner :)
And we like Holland in general.
That also is good to know. :) Thanks.
Seems like Maher had no arguments, came up with a stupid joke, and then tried to defend himself in an aggresive way which was lacking logic.
I hope the "joke" is not resembling the general attitude of the U.S., because otherwise it means NATO is really weak. The same attitude was present in the UK and other countries (also the U.S.) when Hitler "was taking" Poland in 1939. If the U.S. is sleeping at the moment (since Maher wants someone to "wake him"), history may be repeated very soon.
A joke is supposed to be funny. This was simply disrespectful.
He will wake you when he flies a plane into a skyscraper. See, I can make history jokes too.
Sure. It's a joke.
Seriously... you people need to learn the difference between fantasy and reality.