Some of you may remember how several years ago a Polish delegation was en
to Russia, when the plane was forced to land in thick fog and crashed, killing many prominent members of the Polish government. They were
set to attend a ceremony commemmorating the aniversary of the Katyn Massacre
, a World War II
atrocity in which Soviet NKVD (secret police) executed thousands of Polish officers, leaders, professors, and the like. The irony is not lost on me.
Anyhow, detailed reports revealed that the plane was in perfect condition and not the cause of the crash, and many people suspected a conspiracy.
Polish President Lech Kaczynski was highly critical of Putin and Russian policy, and he was accompanied by the head of Poland's central Bank, as well
as many high ranking military personnel. It is highly suspicious that this happened on Russian territory when Putin had a motive to do so. Not to
mention the fact that the Russians refused to send the wreckage to Polish investigators.
I recall seeing footage on the news which alleged to show evidence tampering, but which may have simply been gross negligence. There was, after all, a
scandal where Russian troops
looted credit cards
from bodies and withdrew money within 2 hours of the recovery.
But I am not here to discuss the conspiracy of the crash itself, merely the recent resurgence of it. The ruling Polish 'Law and Justice' Party has
become vocal about their theory that this was a Russian assassination. They have only brought up charges against the air traffic controllers, yet have
publicly accused Putin himself:
Poland accuses Russian air traffic controllers over Smolensk plane crash
Polish prosecutors said on Monday they would press charges against two Russian air traffic controllers of deliberately contributing to a 2010
plane crash that killed Poland's president and 95 other people.
The crash near Smolensk in western Russia killed the Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, as well as the central bank chief, top army
commanders and several lawmakers.
An inquiry by the previous government returned a verdict of pilot error, but the ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party led by Kaczynski's
twin brother Jaroslaw, has said the crash may have been caused by an explosion on board.
The prosecutors said on Monday that a new analysis of recordings of conversations between the pilots and Russian controllers justified pressing the
"An analysis of the evidence ... has allowed prosecutors to formulate new charges against air traffic controllers, citizens of the Russian
Federation," Polish Deputy Prosecutor General Marek Pasionek told a news conference.
I am just giving a supposition, but it seems rather timely with the 'Russian hacking' distraction, does it not? Suddenly we have a NATO country
reiterating how evil Putin is - and there is no sense arguing against that point - but this happens at a time when
are being deployed to the border.
My conspiratorial mind wants to believe that these allegations are part of the leadup to conflict a la the media dredging up Iraq "gassing the
Kurds" in the precursor to the invasion of 2003, as well as a distraction from political intrigues of late.