Thursday, January 27, 2011

Update: Day without Day Without Smolensk

The dream is over. The Day Without Smolensk, set for February 3, has been cancelled. Even though over 100,000 Poles signed up to the Facebook group in agreement politicians were abusing the memory of the April 10 plane crash in Smolensk, Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski and scores more, the organisers have decided to cancel the day, somewhat ironically, because of the abuse of politicians.

"Our initiative is being used to deepen the chasm that divides Poland," the organisers pleaded. "We have become pawns in the game. . .," they concluded, somewhat existentially I might add.

The cancellation comes, unsurprisingly, after one member of parliament from Law and Justice, guardians of Polish Patriotism (registered, copyrighted to Law and Justice), called the Day Without Smolensk "disgusting." Like-minded Facebook users even launched their own counter-group: 'Say No to a Day Without Smolensk.'

One wonders why they didn't copy my oh-so-witty Day Without Day Without Smolensk (though this could have been because of the worry the organisers would go with a Day Without a Day Without A Day With Smolensk . . . .").

At any rate, if you are in Poland, get ready to hear Smolensk every minute of every hour of every day. . . .

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