Poland’s Stunning Loss

What do they do now? How are they supposed to respond? Obviously I don’t remember Kennedy’s assassination but I recognize the impact it had on us as a country. I hate to imagine the mood in Poland right now.

A plane carrying the Polish president and dozens of the country’s top political and military leaders to the site of the Soviet massacre of Polish officers in World War II crashed in western Russia on Saturday, killing everyone on board.

President Lech Kaczynski’s plane tried to land in a thick fog, missing the runway and snagging treetops about half a mile from the airport in Smolensk, scattering chunks of flaming fuselage across a bare forest.

The crash came as a stunning blow to Poland, wiping out a large portion of the country’s leadership in one fiery explosion. at the moment that Russia and Poland were beginning to come to terms with the killing of more than 20,000 members of Poland’s elite officer corps in the same place 70 years ago.

via Balloon Juice » Blog Archive » A Horrible Tragedy In Poland.

edit: Apparently the Polish President is the head of state and the real leader is the PM, but still. At least the government isn’t totally leaderless.

1 comment
  1. it’s especially heart-breaking when you realize it happened in russia, while these people were on their way to an event commemorating the katyn massacre.* and that it wasn’t just politicians lost, but significant cultural figures like anna walentynowicz, who was a major force behind the creation of solidarity, the labor union that produced lech walesa. honestly, i don’t know how the country goes forward. as you said, not everyone is lost; there are enough people left to keep the government functioning. but i think it’s fair to say that this will go down in history as a major source of national grief and sorrow for the poles.

    *during ww2, the soviets killed 22,000 polish army officers in katyn forest. the russians have never officially admitted their role in the event, which has further stressed the lengthy and complicated relationship between the two countries.

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