Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tusk should send Jaroslaw Kaczynski to Siberia

PM Donald Tusk said Tuesday he would not ship Law and Justice (PiS) leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski off to Siberia. That is a shame. A trip to the gulag might give Kaczynski a little time to think about what he is saying.

Kaczynski enjoys most these days talking up Tusk's apparent dictatorial desires. He just loves insinuating that Tusk and the Russians are conspiring against "real" Poles like him. A case where the Democratic Left Alliance (SLD) is mulling trying to haul Kaczynski and a PiS ally before the State Tribunal gave him the latest chance to do so.

"I'm already packing. I choose Siberia because I think Tusk and Putin have already chosen the place," Kaczynski said when asked about the potential State Tribunal motion.

Ha ha ha. What a joker.

The ironic thing is that the State Tribunal talk comes in relation to a parliamentary probe into events that occurred when Kaczynski was PM in 2005-07 when police raided and tried to arrest SLD MP Barbara Blida on corruption charges. She ended up committing suicide, at least according to security forces. Many questions have since arisen over what really happened. The sneaking suspicion is Kaczynski and then Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro pressured police to nab a big fish.

If anyone is thus to talk about the state using its apparatus to forward political interests a la Gulag or in a Stalinist manner, it is not Jaroslaw Kaczynski. Maybe some time in Siberia would therefore give him a good while to ponder the true meaning of his words. And there would be one upside for him: everyone really would be out to get him.

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