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Polish leader, 95 others dead in Russia jet crash

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Polish President Lech Kaczynski and some of the country's highest military and civilian leaders died on Saturday when the presidential plane crashed as it came in for a landing in thick fog in western Russia, killing 96, officials said.

Russian and Polish officials said there were no survivors on the 26-year-old Tupolev, which was taking the president, his wife and staff to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.


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Comment by Phennommennonn GLP (23032)
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Morning Powell

Here is another article I posted this morning. I should have added it to your post here.


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Comment by: J E Andreasen
   Entered on: 2010-04-10 08:00:26
Katyn.  Heh-Heh.  Powell, you are an imp.

History repeats itself. As for the name're gonna have to do better than that otherwise you will lose the argument.

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From EU Times

Russian Move Against US In Poland Kills President, Most Of Government

First reports on the tragic death of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski [photo top left with Obama], his wife, top general, head of their central bank, and many more top officials in a plane crash in Smolensk, Russia are said by FSB sources reporting to Prime Minister Putin to have been a “successful decapitation” of that Nation’s leadership putting into power the speaker of Poland's parliament and a former defense minister Bronislaw Komorowski who unlike Kaczynski has been a long time ally of Moscow.

President Medvedev has set up a commission headed by Prime Minister Putin to investigate this incident and ordered Russian Minister of Extraordinary Situations Sergey Shoigu to personally supervise all investigative forces on the scene of this catastrophic crash.

Kaczynski and those government officials accompanying him had been in Russia to commemorate the World War II Katyn Massacre of over 22,000 Polish prisoners of war by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's secret police in 1940. Putin had also attended this ceremony with his Polish counterpart but failed in his remarks to offer an apology to Poland or to label this most atrocious of actions a war crime.

As to the crash itself reports are showing that it occurred at 10:50AM local time in Smolensk, which is some 400 kilometers west of Moscow, where Kaczynski’s plane was attempting to land in thick fog at an airport not equipped with the special anti-fog radar common in the West and was caused by what Russian authorities are calling “a mistake by the crew during landing maneuvers” and killed all 96 passengers and crew on board.

Most important to note about the loss of Poland’s pro-US government in this “decapitation” move is Moscow’s successful outmaneuvering the Americans once again, and as we had previously reported on in our April 8th report titled “Russia Moves Against US In Kyrgyzstan, Thailand As World War III Nears” and with today’s event adds Poland to Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan as previously US backed Nations rolled back into Russia’s orbit.

Potentially catastrophic to American war aims in these latest Russian Great Game moves is the loss of their main air force supply base in Kyrgyzstan as the new pro-Kremlin leadership in this most vital of Central Asian Nations has begun actions to eject the United States from their country causing the US military to cancel all flights into their Manus airbase located their.

The last pro-American government established to “contain” Russia that is left standing is Georgia, but from new reports coming from there may not last much longer against Moscow’s onslaught against Obama, and as we can read as reported by Russia’s RIA Novosti News Service:

“Georgian opposition leaders warned the authorities on Thursday that the country could see a Kyrgyz scenario if opposition activists continue to be arrested.

Earlier in the day, police detained eight protesters for blocking a road in the capital, Tbilisi.

The warning came from Zurab Nogaideli, former prime minister and current leader of the For a Fair Georgia public movement; and Koba Davitashvili, the leader of the People's Party.

“A revolution took place in Kyrgyzstan following the arrest of political [opposition] leaders. If [President Mikheil] Saakashvili or [Interior Minister Vano] Merabishvili dare touch any representative of the opposition again, this will be followed by what happened in Kyrgyzstan, and it will be the end of their rule,” Davitashvili said.”

With all of those Nations previously backing the United States moves against Russia now having fallen, or being prepared to fall, the Great Game moves by these major powers to capture and control the vital oil and gas fields of Central Asia, and their associated pipelines to the West, now appears to be Moscow’s to lose.

And it should not go unnoticed that barely 24 hours prior to the killing of Poland’s President that Medvedev launched what is going to be the longest sub-sea pipeline in the world linking the vast oil and gas wealth controlled by Russia to Germany which had been specifically designed to cut-out the now dead Polish government who had dared to back the US against a very dangerous Russian bear.

To what Obama’s response will be against the Russian’s it is not in our knowing, other than to note his past actions which have been described by French President Sarkozy as being those of a “lunatic/madman” and as we had previously reported on and include:

In Turkey…where Obama in failing to stop, like all American Presidents before him, his Congress from passing a law blaming that critical Eurasian Nation for the 1915 Armenian genocide left Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan no choice but to recall his ambassador to the US.

In Kyrgyzstan…where Obama failed to stop a revolution against the American installed President thus allowing Russian Prime Minister Putin to achieve his goal of revolutionary change for that critical Central Asian Nation and putting in jeopardy the United States war in Afghanistan as the new Kyrgyz government prepares to throw the Americans out of their country thus depriving them of their main air supply route to their already undersupplied troops battling the Afghan Taliban.

In India…where by Obama’s failing to support the Indians fight against Pakistani backed Muslim terrorists has caused the second most powerful Asian Nation to turn towards Iran rebuffing all Western attempts to isolate them and instead of their participating in Obama’s Global Nuclear Summit have, instead, agreed to attend the Iranians.

In Pakistan…where just this week Obama gave this vital American ally a “public slap on the wrist” by denying to them the same nuclear deal he had previously given to India thus insuring the Pakistani military will cease their support for American troops in Afghanistan battling the Taliban.

In Afghanistan…where Obama has engaged in a public war with his ally President Karzai who because so enraged he threatened this past week to change his allegiance from the Americans to the Taliban.

In Israel…where Obama has so demoralized and demonized their once most reliable ally that Prime Minister Netanyahu has just announced he will not attend Obama’s Global Nuclear Summit because of his fears that the American President will not keep Egypt and Turkey under control thus threatening the Israelis nuclear supremacy over their Middle Eastern enemies who have sworn to destroy them.

In Brazil…where Obama has ordered his Defense Secretary Robert Gates to sign an historic defense agreement with this South American nuclear power whose President, Lula da Silva, has praised Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, slammed Israel, and has announced his intentions to visit Iran next month.

So today where London’s Guardian Newspaper had previously noted that Putin’s Great Game moves had put the US on a their “back feet”, the killing of Poland’s President and most of their government must have surely pushed them over completely.  

© April 10, 2010 EU and US all rights reserved


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And the plot thickens... Guess what was about to be deployed THIS MONTH in Poland?

The missile shield!

Poland approves revised US missile shield agreement

General Petraeus and the US Ambassador to Poland were the last US high level officials to meet the Polish President 2 days ago:

Putin to head investigation into Polish president's death
Russia says Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will personally head the investigation into an aeroplane crash that killed Poland's president.

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New START Treaty Triggers Development of Non-Nuclear Arms

Youtube of crash


Comment by J E Andreasen (5194)
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Katyn.  Heh-Heh.  Powell, you are an imp.