Poles wept before their televisions, lowered flags to half-staff and taped black ribbons in their windows after hearing that President Lech Kaczynski and the upper echelons of the establishment lay dead in woods a short drive from the site of the Katyn forest massacre, where 22,000 Polish officers were killed by Soviet secret police in one of Poland's greatest national traumas. Thousands of people, many in tears, placed candles and flowers at the presidential palace in central Warsaw. Many called the crash Poland's worst disaster since World War II.
Twenty monks rang the Zygmunt bell at Krakow's Wawel Cathedral — the burial spot of Polish kings — a tolling reserved for times of profound importance or grief. Link
1. If you get a chance, please read James Michener's classic, Poland, available for purchase via the WWB. It will give you a greater understanding of the underlying principles of that part of the world.
2. Having grown up in an environment that was supportive of a free and independent Poland along with a liberated Baltic region and Ukraine, I am at first inquisitive of what happened with this particular airliner, and secondly, looking to dismiss any pre-concieved notions that I am currently thinking of. Namely...
A. That "Mother Russia" had ANYTHING to do with the crash of a RUSSIAN airplane at least gives me moment to pause. And ...
B. That this entire scenerio doesnt somehow benefit Russia.
Yes, I'm suspicious. No, it doesnt automatically mean that I am right. If I had to speculate on the future of Eastern Europe, then I would say that a "de-centralized" Eastern Europe, apart from Russia, would be a good thing. Too bad certain Russki's think otherwise. Link