Re­sist­ing Rus­sia, Poland re­fuses to play by EU play­book

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD - L. Todd Wood is a for­mer spe­cial op­er­a­tions he­li­copter pi­lot and Wall Street debt trader, and has con­trib­uted to Fox Busi­ness, The Moscow Times, Na­tional Re­view, the New York Post and many other pub­li­ca­tions. He can be reached through his web­site, LTod­dWo

Jaroslaw is just not let­ting it go. “It” is the 2010 crash of a Pol­ish Air Force plane near Smolensk, Rus­sia, which killed Lech Kaczyn­ski, the twin brother of Pol­ish Law and Jus­tice party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczyn­ski, 18 mem­bers of the Pol­ish par­lia­ment, the mil­i­tary com­man­ders of the Pol­ish armed forces, the Pol­ish cen­tral bank chief and a for­mer Pol­ish pres­i­dent.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion con­cluded that pi­lot er­ror, prim­i­tive Rus­sian nav­i­ga­tional equip­ment and poor vis­i­bil­ity were the causes of the crash. But Mr. Kaczyn­ski is hav­ing none of it. He’s blam­ing Rus­sia.

The pas­sen­gers on the flight were en route to cer­e­monies mark­ing the 70th an­niver­sary of the Katyn Mas­sacre dur­ing World War II, when the Soviet Union, with the ap­proval of Joseph Stalin, mur­dered over 22,000 Pol­ish mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, of­fi­cials and in­tel­lec­tu­als and buried them in mass graves near Smolensk. Ob­vi­ously the flight was loaded with geopo­lit­i­cal bag­gage to be­gin with.

Mr. Kaczyn­ski sees a Rus­sian con­spir­acy to kill his brother.

Upon ob­tain­ing power in 2015, the con­ser­va­tive Law and Jus­tice party has moved to roll back left­ist in­flu­ence in the halls of power in War­saw. Lib­eral U.S. bil­lion­aire Ge­orge Soros, a fun­der of glob­al­ist causes across the re­gion, has be­come per­sona non grata. The EU push to de­stroy Western civ­i­liza­tion from within by im­port­ing mil­lions of mi­grants into Europe has been stymied by Poland. The Law and Jus­tice party has moved to re­move left­ist judges and re­place them with those ap­pointed by the par­lia­ment. In short, the rul­ing party is mak­ing Poland great again.

That brings us to the plane crash. Poland has his­tor­i­cally been at odds with Rus­sia. Dur­ing im­pe­rial times, border lands went back and forth from Pol­ish to Rus­sian con­trol. There is a long his­tory of an­i­mos­ity and dis­trust be­tween Moscow and War­saw. Decades be­hind the Iron Cur­tain ob­vi­ously did noth­ing to ease Pol­ish fears.

Af­ter re­viv­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash af­ter com­ing to power, Mr. Kaczyn­ski has rein­vig­o­rated the “Rus­sia did it” nar­ra­tive. Re­cently, the Pol­ish gov­ern­ment hired the Bri­tish Min­istry of De­fense Foren­sic Ex­plo­sives Lab­o­ra­tory to con­duct tests for ex­plo­sives on the wreck­age. Poland stunned the world by re­veal­ing this week, “Much dam­age to the left wing of the TU 154M plane car­ried traces of an ex­plo­sion.” No fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was given on how this con­clu­sion was reached.

Rus­sia has con­sis­tently called th­ese con­spir­acy the­o­ries non­sense. How­ever, the fact re­mains Rus­sia has re­fused to al­low the wreck­age to leave the coun­try. Rus­sia has also been ac­cused of al­ter­ing the tapes from the flight recorders.

The Krem­lin says it is not legally bound to re­turn the wreck­age to Poland. Or­di­nary Rus­sian cit­i­zens say they do not need to lis­ten to a lit­tle dog bark­ing at their heels.

But per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing thing to glean from this con­tro­versy is the fact that Poland is lash­ing out at its eastern neigh­bor while at the same time de­fy­ing the Euro­pean Union on the is­sues such as border con­trols, im­mi­gra­tion and the rule of law. Poland’s best friend right now is the gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban in Hun­gary, which is also de­fy­ing the glob­al­ist agenda of Mr. Soros, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel and the EU bu­reau­crats in Brus­sels. The Czech Repub­lic also is sid­ing with Poland, a brother-in­arms against EU tyranny.

Eastern Europe is ris­ing. As im­pe­rial Rus­sia once again throws her weight around in the re­gion, old grudges and vendet­tas are com­ing to the fore. As Bri­tain ex­its the EU, Poland is pick­ing up fi­nan­cial jobs due its highly ed­u­cated, rel­a­tively low-cost la­bor force. The Eastern Euro­pean economies are boom­ing.

The world will hear more from this re­gion in the fu­ture.

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