President Duda on the Smolensk Crash: “MAK and Miller Commissions’ reports are only hypotheses that fail confrontation with scientific analysis.”
SCND November 18, 2015
Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote a letter to the participants of the 4th Smolensk Conference that took place on November 14, 2015 in Warsaw, Poland. The letter is presented below.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I send my best regards to all of you gathered at the 4th Smolensk Conference. Let me quote our great poet Cyprian Kamil Norwid, whose motto beautifully conveys the purpose and significance of these deliberations: “We don’t have to bow to the circumstances and leave the truths at the doorsteps.”
The Smolensk conferences have been organized since 2012 thanks to the effort of more than 100 professors specializing in science and engineering: experts in mechanics, physics, aviation, aerodynamics, electronics, chemistry and geodesy.
I find it significant that a motto of the distinguished poet is the guiding principle for these experts in their quest to explain the tragedy that occurred on April 10, 2010. Thus, you declare: we do not bow to the circumstances, in other words, we do not accept the manner in which the Smolensk crash and its circumstances were investigated and concluded. We do not agree with reports of the official commissions that leave the scientific truths behind the doors to knowledge, our capability to understand, and our ability to draw credible conclusions.
Today, I would like to thank you for remaining faithful to the code of ethics of the scientist and for your persistent quest to find the truth in accordance with your own expertise. It made you determined to carry out your own research and your own investigation. This seemingly obvious scientific endeavor was also possible to be accomplished thanks to the involvement of archaeologists, lawyers, sociologists and medical scientists. Thanks to the Organizational Committee and ten Scientific Committees you have already arranged and conducted three Smolensk Conferences during which 78 academic presentations were made.
This is a valuable and significant achievement considering that your initiative received no government support nor any contributions from scientific institutions. Hence you had to rely exclusively on financial support of the participants, and carry out your work despite heavily restricted access to the materials and evidence. Similarly to scientists supporting the Parliamentary Group for the Investigation of the Crash of Tu-154M on April 10, 2010, organizers and participants of the Smolensk Conferences could not rely on favorable treatment by the media or Polish government. Unfortunately, neither could you rely on the encouraging treatment by many researchers and colleagues within the scientific community. Yet, the research and analyses you conducted enabled to formulate, or so it seems, the most important conclusion: the reports of MAK and Miller Commissions are simply hypotheses that fail in confrontation with scientific analysis of the available photographic and video evidence. Therefore, it must be accepted that endeavors to explain the circumstances and causes of the Smolensk crash have not been successful thus far. Therefore, the investigation is not complete. May I thank you today for this fundamental contribution.
We owe our gratitude and respect to the researchers who – while working outside the official structures of the Polish science, in the unfavorable media climate, and with limited access to materials and evidence – undertook great effort of civic self-organization in accordance with the ethics of the scientist and a citizen. I also believe that the efforts you have undertaken must continue.
Retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Senior Scientific Intelligence officer Eugene Poteat, goes on the record:
"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."
A new book entitled "The Smolensk Widows" by Dariusz Walusiak, was published under the auspices of the "Niepoprawni.pl" and the Publishing House “Rafael” in Poland. Following are some excerpts from this heart-wrenching book.
"The world had crumbled for many Poles on April 10, 2010, and in particular, for the families of the victims who were left to the official, and often contradictory reports about this tragedy. Few of those who lost their loved ones began their quest for truth [...] While demanding the truth, the “Smolensk Widows”, Ewa Błasik, Beata Gosiewska, Ewa Kochanowska, Zuzanna Kurtyka and Magdalena Merta, became the conscience of a mourning nation. “The Smolensk Widows” is a story about these few brave and uncompromising women whose conscience, the sense of decency, and honor, didn’t allow to remain silent. Despite their profound loss, they bravely stood-up to defend the memory and truth about their husbands and friends, who perished on April 10, 2010 …"
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