This is a cross post by efrafandays
Beyond a Desperate Housewives’ style crash at Chopin’s birthplace in Żelazowa Wola, it is difficult to imagine just how much further off the scale the Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash outside Smolensk-North airport today could have gone. In addition to the Polish President, Lech Kaczynski and his wife, the dozens of death also included Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last Polish President in exile during the Communist period; as well as military chiefs, and senior economic and cultural advizors.
I disagreed with pretty much all Kaczynski said (up to and including his usage of the word ‘the”), but this pales alongside the catastrophic significance of the crash. Not only does the death toll include figures involved with the anti-Communist, and even anti-Nazi forces but it was a Soviet-era aeroplane carrying the passengers to the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre.