Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Death of Lech Kaczynski: A Tragedy for Free Men and Women Everywhere.

The Soviet massacre of Free Poles in the Katyn Forest claims more victims.

Kaczynski Often a Source of Tension Within E.U.


Published: April 10, 2010

Lech Kaczynski, the president of Poland, died Saturday after his plane crashed on route to Katyn, in western Russia, where he was due to commemorate the murder 70 years ago of thousands of Polish officers, according to the Polish foreign ministry. He was 60 years old.

Mr. Kaczynski was elected president in 2005 as his twin brother, Jaroslaw, was swept into power as leader of the nationalist-conservative Law and Justice government. This unique constellation of power, led by identical twins, often put Poland on a collision course with its European Union partners and Russia.

As soon as he took office in the presidential headquarters in the center of Warsaw, Mr. Kaczynski forged very close relations with Ukraine and Georgia, determined to bring them closer to NATO and eventually have them admitted to the American-led military organization.

But his staunch defense of these two countries often upset leading members of the E.U., especially Germany, which was concerned that an expanded NATO would threaten Russia, or lead to new East-West tensions.

Mr. Kaczynski, however, believed passionately that a strong NATO would prevent Russia from reasserting its influence over Eastern and Central Europe.

When Poland joined NATO in 1999, becoming with Hungary and the Czech Republic part of the first bloc of former communist countries to join the Alliance, the move increased Poland’s sense of security.

“It was obvious to us that this was the only tough security structure there was in the world and that the membership of NATO would only mean benefits for Poland,” Mr. Kaczynski told the International Herald Tribune in an interview.

But Mr. Kaczynski said that did not mean that Russia’s leaders had “abandoned their ideas to regain influence, like using natural resources, natural gas as a weapon and trying to influence politicians.

“Indeed, back in the early 1990s, my impression was that Poland’s entry into NATO would finally resolve those questions. And here I must admit I was wrong.”

Mr. Kaczynski’s deeply ingrained suspicion of Russia, and of Germany’s close relationship with it, often created tensions among Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow.

He lobbied hard for the United States to deploy part of its controversial anti-ballistic missile shield in Poland, believing it would add to Poland’s security vis-à-vis Russia. Such plans, supported by President George W. Bush, were scaled back by President Obama.

He was also much more comfortable dealing with the U.S. than the E.U., which Poland joined in 2004. Indeed, Mr. Kaczynski was regarded as a skeptic of the union. He was determined to protect Poland’s sovereignty against Brussels but equally determined, as a devout Catholic, to protect Poland’s traditional and conservative values.

His suspicions of Russia and Germany and the E.U. had much to do with Mr. Kaczynski’s own life. His father Rajmund, an engineer, and his mother, Jadwiga, who studied linguistics, had been active in the Polish resistance against the Nazis. He and his brother were born on June 18, 1949, when Warsaw was in ruins.

They both joined the underground Solidarity movement during the 1980s and were close, at first, to Lech Walesa, the leader of Solidarity and who was later elected president.

But the Kaczynskis fell out with the Solidarity movement during the 1990s, claiming that the intellectuals, led by Adam Michnik, had made too many compromises with former communists and the secret police. While the Kaczynski twins wanted a complete break with the past by vetting the civil service and the media, other Solidarity officials opted for compromise. They attempted to embark on such a policy once Lech became president and Jaroslaw, leader of the Law and Justice Party, became prime minister in 2005.

Mr. Kaczynski was due to stand again for president later this year.


savage said...

Hmmm.... lets check the latest score- and the larger picture. Thailand just got overrun and is now going to be communist along with Kyrgyzstan who just went through a similar experience. Everyone who was pro-West in the Polish government just got eliminated all at one time. Now look who's taking over... Someone with a pro-Moscow stance. In today's day and age, accidents involving people of this stature are more than just accidents. The world-wide communist movement is making their moves in overturning countries.

Interesting list of those MURDERED:

* Lech Kaczyñski, the President of Poland
* Maria Kaczyñska, the first lady
* Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last President of the Polish government-in-exile
* Jerzy Szmajdziñski, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm
* W³adys³aw Stasiak, Chief of the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland
* Aleksander Szczyg³o, head of the National Security Bureau
* Pawe³ Wypych, Secretary of State in the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland
* Mariusz Handzlik, Undersecretary of State in the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland
* Andrzej Kremer, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
* General Franciszek G¹gor, Chief of the Polish Army General Staff
* Andrzej PrzewoŸnik, Secretary-General of Rada Ochrony Pamiêci Walk i Mêczeñstwa
* Grzegorz Dolniak, member of the Sejm
* Przemys³aw Gosiewski, member of the Sejm
* Zbigniew Wassermann, member of the Sejm
* Janusz Kochanowski, Polish Ombudsman
* S³awomir Skrzypek, President of the National Bank of Poland
* Janusz Kurtyka, Historian and president of the Institute of National Remembrance
* Tadeusz P³oski, Bishop of the Military Ordinariate of the Polish Army
* Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, member of the Sejm
* Jolanta Szymanek-Deresz, member of the Sejm
* Aleksandra Natalli-Œwiat, member of the Sejm

Gen. Bronislaw Kwiatkowski (Commander Operations)
Gen. Andrew Blasik (Air Force Commander in Chief)
Gen. Tadeusz Buk (Commander of Land Forces)
Gen. Wojciech Potasinski (Commander of Special Forces)
Vice Admiral Andrzej Karweta (Commander in Chief of the Polish Navy)
Gen. Casimir Gilarski (Commander, Training)

Anonymous said...

Does anybody really think that this was an accident? At the scene of a former Soviet massacre of Polish problems?

Collectivist scum are known to do this all too often.

Anonymous said...

Globalist crooks don't like free men.

Dr. Richard said...

Safe to say that Mr. Kaczyñski was one of the good guys. I would view any official reports as probable coverups. There is a very high chance that this was a deliberate assassination -- both to punish someone who would not go along and to send the message to other world leaders to play ball or else you are next.

johnnyreb said...

But hey, on the bright side Putin ( former head of the KGB ) is gonna investigate the tragedy.

Gosh, I feel MUCH better now.

Concerned American said...

I thought 'decap strike' as soon as I saw the story on stupid TV this am. Knowing that they were headed to Katyn by Mike's post, I am now sure.

When The Won hosed them by withdrawing ballistic missile defense last year on the date of the 1939 Soviet invasion from the east as the Poles fought the Nazis from the north and west:

Obama Acts Against Poland on 70th Anniversary of Communist Invasion

he was telling Putin, the old KGB man, to settle old scores.

And of course, it was the Soviets who slaughtered the Polish intelligentsia at Katyn:

Katyn Massacre

the anniversary of which was commemorated today.

Do you understand yet?

Anonymous said...

Why are there always so many coincidences that a non believer of conspiracy theories has to believe in them just based upon the facts at hand and where the finger points is a known enemy.

Symbolism is actually more of a compass than speculation. Maybe there was a legitimate crash but the symbol is were headed in a direction I don't even want to go think about.

straightarrow said...

I agree with others here. This was decapitation of a government they couldn't control. By "they" I include the EU, Russia, and the White House.

Anonymous said...

I am always impressed by your knowledge. Thank you for sharing.

Do you never write about the Muslim militia? The muslim militia in America. There are several, a large compound in Pa. Are they also being monitored by the FBI?

spitnyri said...

Funny how this happened right after making a deal with Ob.. coincidence? ha!

jon said...

i'm not familiar with the personalities and the circumstances, but i don't think it requires much alleged espionage to see that on the face of it, this. is. really. bad.

Jimmy the Saint said...

WTF were the Poles thinking putting *everyone* on the same plane like that? If anything went wrong, let alone an assassination attempt, they'd lose pretty their entire government.

I really don't understand how they let that happen.

dennis308 said...

Freedom and Justice are under attack by the Communist/Socialist machine worldwide they do not sleep. And will not until they have either concurred the entire world or are themselves concurred.
Our task is great and our enemies are many.We are under attack both at home and abroad.
Courage and Wisdom are traits we all will need in coming years.


III more than them said...

If the reports are true...
..that the plane made more than one attempt to land
..that the fog was thick (forcing a low and level glide path to avoid smacking the ground)
..that the left wing was low

It would seem to be pilot error. Now, if WITNESSES dry up and disappear, THEN I'll get a bit more concerned.