Letter to the Polish Americans on the 5th Anniversary of the Smolensk Tragedy
SCND April 10, 2015
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Fellow Polish Compatriots,
Five years have passed since the national tragedy over Smolensk, the tragedy which has become a turning point in the recent history of Poland and the whole Europe. The elite of our nation perished while on duty in service for Poland. Our representatives were on their way to Katyn to pay tribute, on behalf of each and every one of us, to the thousands of Polish people murdered on Stalin’s order in 1940. To this day, we do not know what caused the tragic death of the entire official Polish Delegation on route to Katyn. To this day, we do not know why our representatives were unable to bow their heads at the graves of our forefathers, victim to the brutal genocide perpetrated by the Stalinist regime on the Polish nation.
The dramatic death of the President of Poland, the entire Central Command of the Polish Armed Forces, government and parliamentary officials as well as families of the Katyn victims was to bring the Polish people to their knees. It was to humiliate, brake and set us against each other. The brutal attack at the Polish President, the Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Air Forces, top NATO generals, and the best Polish pilots was to destroy our national dignity and pride; to weaken our moral strength and our ability to fight for Poland. This tragedy was to force us forget about the Katyn crime, too.
Yet, the Smolensk Tragedy was not aimed only at the Polish people. It was a warning to the whole world that imperial Russia returns. Regrettably, the Smolensk Tragedy, like the Katyn crime, has been covered up with the conspiracy of silence, both in Poland and in the West. Appeasing Russia by holding back the truth about Smolensk has encouraged more Russian aggression. This is why, today, the whole international community faces the Russian threat.
Only now, when Europe, at last, senses the threat from the East, the Smolensk Tragedy begins to jolt the world’s conscience. Only today, in the face of the Russian aggression on Ukraine and the threats directed at the entire Central Europe, the Polish people start to understand that the death of the Polish elite on their way to Katyn was not coincidental. It was an act of eliminating a strong opponent who stood in the way of Russian imperialistic ambitions.
The Smolensk Tragedy has revealed to the world that the present-day Russia carries on the imperialistic tradition of the murderous Soviet system and aims brutally at the restoration of the lost sphere of influence in Europe. The same Russia has no intention to condemn the criminal Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact of August 23, 1939 that led to World War II, or to acknowledge its responsibility for the aggression against Poland in September 1939 and the Katyn genocide of April 1940 directed at the Polish nation. Quite the contrary: it openly justifies these international crimes.
For the past five years, the Polish people have been battling for truth, dignity, justice, democracy, protection of human rights, and the rule of law. We have not won this battle yet, but the passage of time works in our favor. The people in Poland are waking up from the lethargy caused by the Smolensk trauma, but they need a helping hand in this difficult moment.
This is why I call upon the Polish Community Abroad and all people of good will to respond with strength and courage to the historic challenge of resurgence of Russian aggression in Europe. We must join forces because only by acting together we will be able to support our fellow countrymen, defend dignity of the Polish people, and protect free, fair and democratic Europe.
Maria Szonert Binienda
Vice President of Polish Affairs
Polish American Congress
Cleveland-Toronto-Chicago-Doylestown, April 10-12, 2015
Remigiusz Mus, the flight engineer on Yak-40 whose landing immediately preceded PLF 101 and whose testimony implicated the Russian flight controllers, died of suicide.
This rounds out the death of the entirety of key witnesses whose testimonies could prove that the flight controllers bore at least partial responsibility for the mysterious crash that killed the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others near Smolensk, Russia, on April 10, 2010.
Suicide. So says the Polish Prosecutors office under the administration of Donald Tusk, Bronislaw Komorowski, and the Civic Platform party (Platforma Obywatelska, PO) - the people who came out on top following the disaster of Flight PLF 101. The position of the Prosecutors office is that the autopsy indicated death by hanging with no defensive wounds and and alcohol level of one permille (.01%).
General Konstantin Anatolyevich Morev, chief of the Federal Security Services (FSB), successor to KGB, office in Tver, who interviewed the Russian flight controllers, died at the end of August 2011. His body was found in his office. The official cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound from his service revolver. Read more here
"Russian Image Management"
The trip to Smolensk was expected to highlight Russia finally admitting culpability in the massacre, after long having blamed it on the Germans, an atrocity they had tried to conceal for over 70 years.
As for the reception committee, it had different ideas. Putin wasn’t looking forward to such an occasion. Into this poisonous reception brew was President Kaczynski’s well-known public criticism of Moscow and Putin, a habit that has ended the lives of others within Russia – and abroad. A few discouraging Russian requirements – that Kaczynski could not attend in any official capacity – did not halt the Poles. Kaczynski would go anyway on non-official, “personal” business. To Russians, such a distinction would be meaningless, not lessening the possible international excoriation of such an event. A problem ripe for a modern, Russian solution: a tragic, ‘natural’ accident.
Political enemies of Colonel Vladimir Vladimirovitsch Putin are falling ill with mysterious illnesses. It usually happens to them after they escape from their homeland, hoping that nothing bad can happen to them in the West.
The Russian secret service is using various poisons to get rid of inconvenient people, just like during the Soviet times, with the exception that Putin's people have more refined means at their disposal than the assassins of the day sent by Stalin, Khrushchev or Brezhnev. This happens to journalists in broad daylight, so that there is no doubt that anyone can get away scot-free with writing the truth about the atrocities of the Chechen War, or about any score-settling between the people in power.
It started as a possible case of food poisoning but within weeks turned into a grim spectacle of enormous political proportions: Aleksander Litvinenko, former member of the Russian secret service, died in his place of residence London last November, after having been poisoned with a radioactive substance [...] It is a wild tale full of conspiracies, assassination attempts and imputations. Litvinenko talks about his time with the secret service, about his experience in Chechnya, and in particular about the series of bomb attacks on Russian territory that led to the seizure of power by Vladimir Putin.
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