April 10, 2010

Thoughts on a Polish Tragedy

My heartfelt sympathies and condolences to Poland and her people.

This tragedy is cruelly ironic, considering the Polish political and military elite was traveling to commemorate the Katyn Massacre - the mass murder of over 20,000 Polish military officers, politicians and intelligentsia in 1940 by the Soviet NKVD (KGB) on the direct orders of Soviet political leaders. It is said that leading Ukrainians, Jews, etc., who were considered Polish citizens were also killed. Russia is just starting to recognize such heinous crimes, and the present Russian government's attempts to rehabilitate Stalin and his ilk stink.

There is no love lost between Ukrainians and Poles. We have a contentious, bloody history going back centuries, but for a time there was a common foe in the horrendous actions of the communist Soviet regime that reinstated the old Russian Empire on a greater and even more murderous scale.

Jeszcze Polska nie zginela

or

Poland has not perished yet

That's the opening stanza to the Polish national anthem, and I honor it.

It is eerily similar to the Ukrainian national anthem:

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Ukraine's freedom has not yet perished, nor has her glory

Both anthems born from incredibly tough times and centuries of oppression. . .

Posted by Paul at April 10, 2010 08:52 PM