Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The real victims...

The second anniversary of the Smolensk crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in Smolensk, Russia provides a fitting opportunity to shine a light on the continued political idiocy of Lech's surviving twin brother, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, and the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party he leads.

In case you missed it, Jaroslaw and his PiS minions now openly say Lech was murdered by the Russians.

"Lech Kaczynski exposed himself to those who do not want Poland to be effective," Jaroslaw said on Monday. "All indications are that this ended in an attack. I have the feeling that President Lech Kaczynski was murdered. In Poland and abroad were people who could benefit from the death of Lech Kaczynski. And did."

Hmmmm. People who could benefit and did? Well, they can only be thinking of Civic Platform (PO) leader and PM Donald Tusk, or maybe the PO in general and in particular in the 2010 presidential election.

The only trouble is that Lech Kaczynski was extremely unpopular that year and, though you can never rule out a comeback, it is likely Popeye could have won if the PO presented him and he ran against Lech.

Did Russia benefit from Lech Kaczynski's death? Unlikely since there has not been any real change. In fact, Russian President Vladimir Putin would have to be the dumbest politician of all time to have ordered the killing of Lech Kaczynski since the latter was about to lose an election and his death did nothing other than increase the already antagonistic attitude toward Russia held by a certain part of the Polish population.

As for the allegations of an attack, all signs continue to point to a series of events all occurring until it ended in a crash in the fog. Tragedy does not imply guilt.

Two things still infuriate me about the Smolensk catastrophe. The first is that the head of the main opposition party can make outlandish allegations with impunity. In some countries, proof is needed or the politician making the accusations has to resign. We can only hope this day comes.

The second thing is far worse. For anyone in Poland that foggy cold Saturday morning two years ago was an unbelievable moment that touched all of Poland. I remember it like I remember 9/11. I still get those goose bumps. That one political option is trying to co-opt the memory does a disservice to the real victims.

No, Jaroslaw and PiS members, the real victims are not you. They are those whose lives were cut short that tragic morning. RIP.


  1. Bang on.

    So long as this sort of outlandish behaviour is propagated from Poland's legislators, and we're not discussing mere political innuendo here, Poland declares itself a Mickey Mouse country.

    Where else can a company President, of a state company hastily privatized and then expensively repatriated, earn a profit for the company and be cast into jail, uncharged, and languish there for 3 years before being let out, uncharged?

    Biafra? Sudan? Belarus? No. POLAND.

    Meanwhile legislative cretins walk the street here with impunity from any kind of constraint resembling decent, civil law abidance.

  2. :) So funny I wish u to live in country, which is governed by PO ;)