It doesn’t take a conspiracy theorist to ponder the timing of the crash of the Tupolev Tu-154 in Smolensk, Russia one day after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama signed off on their respective nuclear weapons.
Sad to remember today that the last time Poland was in the news was on Sept. 17, 2009—the 70th anniversary of the Russian invasion of Poland when Obama abandoned Poland’s missile defence system in Europe.
As a nation, Poland holds the enviable status as a worldwide icon in the fight against Communism. It was Polish son Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II who stood courageously against the regime and was a leading figure in its ultimate collapse.
Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski was leading a delegation of top Polish officials, including Gen. Franciszek Gagor, head of the army and chief of staff, to memorial ceremonies at Katyn, the site of a massacre of 22,000 Poles by Soviet agents 70 years ago. “The soul trembles to think that Katyn has taken new victims,” said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the International Affairs Committee in Russia’s parliament.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was the catalyst behind the broadcast of the Polish movie Katyn on Russian state television last Friday and who on Tuesday will attend the 70th anniversary commemoration ceremony in Katyn Forest without his Polish counterpart, has been tapped to head the commission to investigate the crash.
Canada Free Press (CFP) longtime Warsaw-based columnist David Dastych wrote CFP that “Poland suffered a great tragedy this morning.”
“More than 90 souls, including many high officials of the Polish state” President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, MPs, the highest military, banking officers and many other people.”
“A heroine of SOLIDARITY, Mrs. Anna Walentynowicz, who was also on the plane, died.
“Poland is in deep mourning, which will last one week. The Presidential powers were assumed, according to the Constitution, by the Speaker of the Polish Parliament (The Sejm), Mr. Bronislaw Komorowski.
“Presidential elections, slated for October 2010, will probably be held in June, 2010.
“I knew several persons, who died in the crash today. Some of them were my friends,” said Dastych who must return to a hospital next week for further cancer tests on his lungs.
Heroism in Poland is, and has always been, epic.
Dastych, himself an active warrior against communism, was imprisoned by the Polish KGB in the early 1980s. Sentenced to eight years, he served three, finding release when Communism collapsed.
Young people of today should remember forever Poland’s courageous role in the history of Europe. The fate of all Europe was decided In the Polish-Russian War of 1918-1921 during the fight for Polish independence. It was Poland’s victory in the Battle of Warsaw over Communist Russia, led by Gen. Jozef Pilsudski that changed the world.
A plane went down in Smolensk, Russia today, but Poland is forever.
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Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years’ experience in the print media. A former Toronto Sun columnist, she also worked for the Kingston Whig Standard. Her work has appeared on Rush Limbaugh, Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, and Glenn Beck.
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