Sunday 4 December 2016

Another dark day for Poland

Published 12/04/2010 | 05:00

KATYN FOREST is, as the former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski said, a cursed place. In those dark woods, 70 years ago, Soviet forces murdered 22,000 military officers and members of the Polish elite. On Saturday, a plane crash killed President Lech Kaczynski and 96 members of the country's top echelons on their way to commemorate the atrocity.

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The symbolism is as chilling as the emotions are powerful. All Europeans must ask if there is to be no end to the tragedies of a nation with a history as full of heroism as of misfortune.

This time, thankfully, there appears to be no enemy and no conspiracy to blame. All the reports have pointed to human error as the cause of the disaster. And all lovers of Poland -- and of democracy and human rights -- will take comfort from a very different comparison.

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