It is a damned place. It sends shivers down my spine. First the flower of the Second Polish Republic is murdered in the forests around Smolensk, now the intellectual elite of the Third Polish Republic die in this tragic plane crash when approaching Smolensk airport.
Former Polish president Aleksander Kwasniewski remarking on the early morning crash in Russia that killed everyone on board -- including "Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, and dozens of the country’s top political and military leaders", according to the New York Times.
The dignitaries "had been due in western Russia to commemorate the anniversary of the murder of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II.
"The ceremonies were to be held at a site in the Katyn forest close to Smolensk, where 70 years ago members of the Soviet secret police executed more than 20,000 Polish officers captured after the Soviet Army invaded Poland in 1939."
I smell trouble.