A plane carrying the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, and dozens of the country’s top political and military leaders crashed in a heavy fog in western Russia on Saturday morning, killing everyone aboard.
They were on their way to a ceremony commemorating the murder of more than 20,000 Polish officers by the Soviet secret police after the Red Army invaded Poland.
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion points out the tragedy is weather-related, and that,
Just days ago I wrote about the Katyn Forest massacre, and the hopeful sign that for the first time the Russians and Poles were commemorating that tragedy together. For the leadership of Poland to die en route is a tragedy upon tragedy.
The Astute Bloggers have more on the Katyn massacre.
Maggie’s Farm asks,
Wonder what hollow words President Obama will utter now?
Today’s loss is devastating to Poland, to the United States, and to the world. President Kaczynski was a distinguished statesman who played a key role in the Solidarity movement, and he was widely admired in the United States as a leader dedicated to advancing freedom and human dignity. With him were many of Poland’s most distinguished civilian and military leaders who have helped to shape Poland’s inspiring democratic transformation. We join all the people of Poland in mourning their passing.
As usual from Obama, contradicted by his undercutting of Poland volunteering to host anti-missile defense and his disdain for Polish President Lech Kaczynski when alive. Israel surely gets the point.
Not surprising, is it?
Richard Fernandez writes about The woods of Smolensk.