Polish Planes and Russophobia UPDATE
Not that I doubted any of you doubted that I was right about the insane bullshit conspiracy theories that were going to pop up after the Polish air crash tragedy. Predicting that was going to happen was like predicting a tea party member will use the word “liberty” 345 times in a 15 minute speech. Still I thought I’d update you on the recent chatter on the crash.
A respectable Polish MP has claimed that ‘Russia engineered air crash that killed President Kaczynski’. Classy. Artur Gorski, a member of the Law and Justice party, has also tried to put blame on the Russians, but with less conspiracy twist. Of course, Polish blogs are ablaze with conspiracy theories. For my Polish readers see, “I Have a Terrible Suspicion” and “Catastrophe 4/10 Statement of Facts and Coincidences,” for starters.
Most theories revolve around a video of someone shooting at the plane from the ground, Polish reporters not being allowed at the crash site, the bodies being shipped off to some secret location, something about fuel/fire and the crashed plane, faked Polish pilot tapes, the Lucky Charms leprechaun being involved, and other insane crap. Needless to say the black box has been recovered and it clearly dismisses any possible foulplay. So much for conspiracy.
Of course the American right just couldn’t help themselves either – got to love the Faux News-like lead-in: “Is it irresponsible to suggest that Russia may have had a hand in the death of Poland’s president and other dignitaries?” Is it irresponsible to claim the Republican party is a bunch of child fucking lunatics? See how that little linguistic ploy works for everything?
It seems Belarus president Lukashenko couldn’t resist the opportunity to publicly embarrass himself by blaming Polish president Kaczynski for the crash…yes the president that died in the crash. Lukashenko remembered how en route to Tbilisi in 2008 Kaczynski pressured his pilots to land despite not getting clearance. This is called “VIP syndrome” – a situation in which certain high-profile passengers pressure pilots to make decisions they wouldn’t make otherwise. Whether this was the case or not, it’s hardly worth bringing up now, if ever. But this is Lukashenko.
In what may be the only surprising news to come out of this – Anne Applebaum – Russophobe extraordinaire has decided that it was not a conspiracy. Good for her. I guess she’ll leave her conspiracy theories and Russian-hate for her next post.
Despite the lunatic internet/blog fringe, the errant asshole Polish government official, and professional conspiracy theorists, we should keep in mind for the most part both nations have acted dignified in the wake of crash. Some have even remarked the tragedy could help bring about a further thaw in relations. Let’s hope so – I think a stronger Polish-Russia bond makes for a stronger Europe (as opposed to say a stronger Polish-US bond).