The publication of this book by Professor Barbara Mikolajczyk could no be timelier. The whole world is very much concerned about international operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, but in Poland both of them are of special significance. For the first time since the Second World War, Polish soldiers have been accused - formally by a public prosecutor or informally by journalists and public opinion - of having committed war crimes. [..] The book offers a very comprehensive and elaborated analysis of legal and political aspects of Polish engagements in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It will be of great value to all persons and institutions involved in international politics. I would strongly recommend it to all interested - students, lawyers, journalists, relevant government officials, NGO activists, etc. Roman Wieruszweski, Director, Poznan Centre for Human Rights, former vice-chairman of the Human Rights Committee.