Millions around the world awakened to news stations announcing Polish President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash along with his wife Maria. At least 97 others, including key Polish dignitaries, personnel and guest were also on the aircraft. Reports state the Presidential aircraft crashed while approaching the Smolensk airport in Russia.
Poland Loses Many at the Political Top
President Lech Kaczynski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1949. He and his twin brother were child actors, but traded in their acting shoes for law and politics. In 2002 Lech Kaczynski was elected Mayor of his birth place Warsaw, Poland. He later won election for President of Poland in 2005 and served until the fatal plane crash.
The President and his passengers were in route to attend functions dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Katryn Massacre. The TU-154 Russian made aircraft reportedly struck tree tops as it approached the runway during heavy fog. As a result the aircraft crashed in the forest. It was not stated if fire and flames came before or after the crash.
On board with President Kaczynski were;
Lech Kaczysnki - Polish president
Maria Kaczynska - The president's wife
Ryszard Kaczorowski - Poland's last president-in-exile
Aleksander Szczyglo - head of the National Security Office
Pawel Wypych - presidential aide
Mariusz Handzlik - presidential aide
Jerzego Szmajdzinski - deputy parliament speaker
Andrzej Kremer - Deputy Foreign Minister
Gen. Franciszek Gagor - head of the army chief of staff
Andrzej Przewoznik - minister in charge of WWII memorials
Slawomir Skrzypek - head of the National Bank of Poland
Janusz Kurtyka - head of the National Remembrance Institute
Przemyslaw Gosiewski - lawmaker
Zbigniew Wassermann - lawmaker
Grzegorz Dolniak - lawmaker
Janusz Kochanowski - civil rights commissioner
Bishop Tadeusz Ploski - army chaplain
and many others.
“List supplied by Mail Online UK at link below.
The Parliament government structure has placed the Speaker of The Polish Parliament as acting Head of State, and is calling for special elections as early as June of 2010. Little has been said concerning the state of affairs within the Polish government in light of this tragedy.
Why Go To Smolensk, Russia
In the 1940’s Russian Secret Police, under the orders and control of Communist Dictator Joseph Stalin deliberately slaughter nearly 22,000 polish military officers. The site is has been memorialized. President Lech Kaczynski’s uncle was among the murdered military officers.
President Kaczynski stood beside Lech Walensa in a show of anti-communist solidarity in the 1970’s and “80’s. He was not secretive about his distrust of the German and Russian governments. Events in the former Soviet countries did nothing to secure his trust in either governments future intentions.
The Real Question
A short list of events may give cause for questioning the crash of Polish Presidential Aircraft – a 20 year old, Russian made TU-154 aircraft.
The TU-154 aircraft wa had been completely and fully over hauled in December of 2009. Aircraft this age and older are flying around the world on a daily basis. Because it was a Presidential aircraft, full reconditioning would be expected. This would likely include refitting with the latest Russian versions of technology. Yet, the past has precedence.
In 2004, Presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned by dioxin. This was verified by doctors. He was running for President of the Ukraine – a former Soviet bloc country. Yushchenko was also in support of the Ukraine joining the (EU) European Union. This was not a popular position with Russian President Putin, which he later changed – or did he.
Former President George W. Bush’s administration negotiated an agreement with Poland to place U.S. Patriot Missiles within the country. This is a decision and agreement that may be delayed until 2018 thanks to the efforts of the President Obama Administration.
These are only a few past and current events which may give cause to question; if the crash of President Lech Kaczynski’s jet was an accident. A few questions can’t be ignored;
· Why were so many dignitaries on the same aircraft?
· Were there other aircraft available?
· Who benefits from such a massive loss of authority in Poland and beyond?
· Was the crash pilot error or something else?
These questions and many others are now on the table for discussion. Some answers will come with investigations. Others will have to wait for revelations that can only come with the passage of time and events. One fact remains self evident, tears of loss and the agony of grief will not soon pass from the country of Poland.
Officials say Polish president, dignitaries and 95 others die in Russian plane crash
By Jim Heintz, AP
April 10th, 2010
Associated Press writers Mansur Mirovalev in Moscow, Monika Scislowska in Warsaw, Geir Moulson in Berlin, Deborah Seward in Paris and Naomi Koppel in London contributed to this report