The tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 17 could have been avoided - says Ewa Kochanowska who lost her husband in the suspicious crash of the Polish government TU-154M on April 10, 2010 in Smolensk, Russia.
An interview with Ewa Kochanowska
SCNDEK July 19, 2014
The aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17: The world’s shocking indifference to the April 10, 2010 crash of the Polish government Flight PLF101 in Russia culminated in an unspeakable tragedy four years later in Ukraine. Ewa Kochanowska speaks with Stefczyk.info.
Q: International public opinion seems to be in agreement that the matter of the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17 over Ukraine should not be left in the hands of Russia or Ukraine, and that the establishment of a credible international investigative body is necessary. The world has involved itself anyway. OSCE, ICAO, and the EU have begun posturing with regards to this tragedy. How do you view all of this, remembering the reaction of the world to the April 10, 2010 Smolensk crash?
Ewa Kochanowska:I am among the families who have lost their loved ones in a plane crash. Therefore, I feel very sorry for the families of the victims of the recent tragedy. I understand what these people are going through right now. I am moved by their suffering. [What is different in this case] however, is an appearance of signals from all kinds of aviation organizations and political entities who are declaring their willingness to help. Regardless of who is found guilty of this disaster, I have a deep suspicion that we already know who the accomplices are.
Q: Whom do you have in mind?
Ewa Kochanowska:These are all the institutions that have turned a blind eye, were indifferent, and turned their backs on the Smolensk crash [investigation]. They are the accomplices.
Q: Why do you think that?
The Downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17. PHOTO by PAP
Ewa Kochanowska:If the world’s reaction to the events of April 10,  was as it is now, I dare to believe that the current tragedy would have never happen. If the world stood firmly behind the Poles ... We [the families] turned [for help] to all possible institutions, we collected signatures [, we pleaded] ... However, we were met with indifference, silence and lack of support. My profound sympathy for the families [of Malaysia Flight MH17] is mixed with a deep aversion to these international institutions. I would like to ask them: "Where were you when the Polish president died under suspicious circumstances [in Russia]? How were you able keep a straight face and display such indifference?"
Q: Do you know why the world so quickly abandoned any involvement in the Smolensk crash [investigation]? What predicated such a disproportional response in that case?
Ewa Kochanowska:It was probably influenced by various interests. Recently, however many events occurred. Among them: an aggression on Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, and an imperious attitude of Putin, whose actions by now have completely stripped off the illusions people may have had about him [they can now see him for who he truly is]; these very people who only four years ago tried to believe [in those illusions] and promoted them. Turning a blind eye is no longer possible. The world’s indifference that accompanied the April 10, 2010 crash was shocking. What has to happen for people to see the world as it is; beyond the smoke screens that are shown to them?
Q: These days, the Polish prime minister [Donald Tusk] and the president [Bronislaw Komorowski] both argue that this tragedy [the downing of Flight MH17] must be explained through an international investigation, that the EU should get involved, and that it's time to stop having illusions about Russia and its policies. How do you feel about comments from the very people who gave away the Smolensk crash investigation to Russia?
Above: Russian PM Putin with Polish PM Tusk at the crash scene on April 10, 2010.
Ewa Kochanowska:I have a feeling that not only our prime minister and the president, but most politicians wishfully think that we have the memory span of a goldfish in an aquarium tank. They think that we see only what happens before our eyes and that we do not remember anything that took place [during the last four years]. The prime minister and the president have by now, developed the ability to perform a multitude of mind-bending manipulations so that I no longer follow what they say, nor do I care to comment on them. [What they said and did up to this point] is unworthy of the office they hold.
This Polish language interview appeared in Stefczyk.info: "Porazajaca slepota swiata ws 100410"
The Editorial Staff of Smolensk Crash News Digest wishes to express its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. May you have solace in that the truth of this tragedy will be found.
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.
Early morning on April 10, 2010, the Polish Governmental Airplane Tu-154M (“Polish Air Force One”) departed from Warsaw, Poland, to Smolensk, Russia, carrying on board the highest level delegation of the Republic of Poland for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre. The official delegation consisted of the President of Poland, First Lady, all members of the Central Command of the Polish Armed Forces, parliamentary, government and Church officials, and representatives of the families of the Katyn victims. Upon entering the airspace of the Military Airdrome “Severny” in Smolensk, Russia, the Polish pilot made one reconnaissance approach to landing. At the decision altitude, he chose not to land and issued a command to “go around.” Seconds later, the Polish Air Force One crashed. The entire Polish delegation of the highest level perished less than a mile from the Severny Airdrome in Smolensk, Russia. All 96 people on board were killed; there were no survivors ("Smolensk Crash").
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.
While some Russian intellectuals and people in Central and Eastern Europe are alarmed by the Russian imperialistic ambitions of building “a new world order,” the West is utterly confused. In order to properly understand and evaluate the threat that Russia poses today, an unhindered analysis of the Russian behavior over the past decade is necessary. Unfortunately, due to the omnipresent policy of reset that forced Western media to abandon in-depth reporting on Russian hostility towards its neighbors, critical developments that took place in the regions bordering Russia over the past decade have not been reported at all or only favorably to Russia.
Among such key events is the political situation in Poland since 2007, with its central event - the crash of the Polish Air Force One in Smolensk, Russia, in April of 2010 that claimed the lives of the President of Poland, the entire Central Command of the Polish Armed Forces, and the patriotic leadership of the Polish society. Any analysis of the political context of this crash as well as any discussion of the problems with the investigation into this tragedy have been systematically suppressed by the Western media in order not to upset Russia. Consequently, the lack of knowledge about Russian behavior in connection with the Smolensk tragedy impairs judgment of the American public on current Russian behavior in Ukraine and elsewhere.
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