Smolensk Liar on a Pedestal of Power - “figments of imagination”?
September 10, 2014
Ewa Kopacz PHOTO by PAP Tomasz Gzell
How low must a country descend so that the highest office in the nation could be held by someone who is so discredited?
"We're [Poles and Russians] like one big family"; "Polish pathologists worked hand in hand with Russian pathomorphologists"; "Right on the spot, there was a group of 30 physicians. Had they not carried out the autopsies, what then, were they doing there?"; "At all time the Polish doctors kept an eye on what the Russian doctors were doing"; "The ground at the crash scene was painstakingly dug out, at a depth of one meter, and was screened with particular care." - These direct quotes are the backdrop for the nomination of Ewa Kopacz for the post of Poland’s Prime Minister.
How low must a country descend so that the highest office in the country could be held by someone who is so discredited?
In the name of political expedience, on behalf of her political camp, and in order to remove political liability away from Donald Tusk for his negligence, Ewa Kopacz lied about Smolensk. She lied and deceived the nation, deceived the Parliament, deceived the families of the victims of the Smolensk tragedy. Perhaps, worst of all, she created a protective umbrella, a veil for the dishonest actions of Russia, preventing the unsuspecting public from taking any action. Had it not been for Ewa Kopacz’s lies, the Polish society would have begun to demand fairness and accountability in the Smolensk crash investigation much faster.
The current Speaker of the House, the future prime minister, had her hand in the drama and lies that have so profoundly affected the families who lost loved ones in Smolensk.
It is she, who bears responsibility for the errors in the identification of the victims that necessitated follow-up exhumations that led to profound and unnecessary trauma for the victims’ families and errors in medical documentation. To this day many families still do not know how their loved ones died, nor if their loved ones were buried in correct graves.
A person marked by such degree of wickedness in public life should not have a place in Polish politics. However, in Poland she does and at its highest level. This reflects badly on Polish politics and on its ruling elites. It also negatively reflects on their approach to their responsibilities for the nation. The issue of the Smolensk lies are not "figments of imagination of hateful right-wingers" – as it is called by Tomasz Lis and other pro-Tusk journalists. This is the key issue determining the future of Poland and her vital national interests.
Ewa Kopacz, a Health Minister at the time, did not pass the test of the Smolensk crash as either politician or human being, and chose to lie. She easily succumbed to lies in order to legitimize Russia's actions that were to dehumanize Poles and to further the Kremlin’s policy. How can someone like this be Poland’s Prime Minister? A period of trials and tribulations awaits Poland at this time as the geopolitical crisis in Ukraine does not give hope for a peaceful future. What nation, what country would give the reins of power to a person so discredited under such perilous circumstances? Where will the government of Ewa Kopacz lead us?
The fact that Ewa Kopacza will become the Polish Prime Minister proves more about Poles and the state of their nation, than a hundred nominations of the Platforma Obywatelska. This move clearly demonstrates that the voice of the people of Poland, past, present and future ceases to mean anything. Even in Poland ...
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin holds a meeting of the state commission to investigate the causes of the Tu-154 plane crash. Representatives of the Polish side taking part in investigating the crash have been invited to the meeting
Tatyana Anodina: Mr Putin, members of the state commission, our Polish colleagues.
The technical commission of the CIS IAC, which has been registered by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) as an independent regional international organisation, is investigating the circumstances of the crash of the Tu-154 aircraft of the Polish state aviation with the participation of representatives of the Defence Ministry and federal bodies, and in close cooperation with the authorised representatives and a big group of experts from Poland.
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All required experts are taking part in the commission's work - pilots, technical experts and specialists on meteorological flight support from research institutes and industrial companies of both countries. A joint working group has been decoding and analysing all flight information since the recorders were opened. Polish experts are providing us with important assistance in identifying the voices of the crew members and decoding other data. We then register everything jointly.
The sides keep the recorders in safes sealed by both sides. The work is conducted in Russian and English. We have full understanding on a professional and on a linguistic level.
The commission will complete its work to determine the trajectory of the plane's flight before the crash on the site today and will start bringing fragments of the aircraft from the site of the crash to a site next to the airport, which is under special surveillance.
We are analyzing all flight and technical documents together with Polish specialists. A tentative examination and analysis of the plane's fragments and decoding of the in-flight data of the recorders has established that the engines were operational until the impact and that there was no fire or explosion on board the plane.
The decoding of the in-flight data of the recorders and its analysis show that there were no failures of on-board equipment. Nevertheless, as the international regulations require, the final conclusions will be made after thorough examination of all the fragments. As it has already been reported, specialists are decoding and analysing all in-flight data of the recorders.
One more additional flight data recorder was found yesterday. The commission decided to meet the Polish side's request on its decoding with the participation of our experts in Poland. An air-check of the airfield's radio-technical facilities is scheduled for April 16.
I would like to emphasise once again that the investigation is being carried out in line with international procedures and regulations set by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization), which encompasses 190 states, including Russia and Poland.
Investigators from the European Union and other countries have expressed their willingness to participate in the work of the Technical Commission, should this be deemed necessary. However, these investigators have said that they do not doubt the impartiality and professionalism of either the Commission or Russian experts. IAC (Interstate Aviation Committee) specialists have extensive experience with international investigations, having conducted such investigations in 53 countries, none of which have thus far been contested.
In closing, I'd like to thank you, Mr Prime Minister, and your government, including the ministers present here today, for setting up all the conditions necessary to facilitate the work of the Commission.
Thank you for your attention.
Ewa Kopacz: Mr Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen,
First of all, I'd like to sincerely thank my counterpart, Tatyana Golikova, the Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation.
It's been three days since the tragedy. As of late last night, 48 bodies had been identified.
We all understand what the remains of the victims of such a disaster look like. Identifying and confirming the dead is very difficult. These results are due to the efforts of both Polish and Russian pathologists. We have been working as one big team. To be honest, this is the first time I have seen such good or even exemplary cooperation; these specialists complement each other perfectly.
I'd also like to express my gratitude to the Minister of Healthcare for her efforts and involvement in this work on behalf of the relatives of the victims of the tragedy who have already left for Poland. Also, I'd like to share their request that we speed up the work of the forensic experts. When reporting to the people of Poland, we'd like to say with a clear conscience that we've done our best to identify all the bodies.
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.
Within minutes of the crash, the international media announced that pilot error led to the crash of the Polish Air Force One. This irresponsible rush to conclusion stands in contradiction to a well-known rule that whenever the head of state dies in a plane crash the probability of sabotage is increased. This principle was proclaimed, inter alia, in the Russian response to the investigation of the 1986 crash that killed President Samora Machel of Mozambique. The history teaches that when the head of state dies in the airplane crash, invariably the sabotage is involved. The history also teaches that initial investigations of high profile plane crashes tend to be conducted under undue political pressure. Transparent and impartial in-depth investigations are possible only years later.
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