Tragedy begets tragedy.
This story has it roots 71 years ago – the secret part of the “non-aggression pact” between Hitler and Stalin signed 25 August 1939. The secret parts included the deal to divide Poland between them.
Seven days later Hitler invaded Poland. Casual history students consider this the beginning of WWII. Most don’t realize that simultaneously, Russia also invaded, forcing the unready Poles to fight on two fronts.
Stalin’s Russia ended up with an enormous amount of Polish prisoners, who were taken deep into Russia. They were dead men walking. In March 1940 upon the recommendation of his chief of secret police, Stalin ordered them all shot. The deed took weeks – as trainloads were taken from the camps under the guise of being taken home. Instead they were taken to the Katyn woods and systematically executed. The intellectual and leadership cream of Poland was exterminated within a month. The murder of 22,000 Poles was a trivial matter to Stalin, who had already murdered 20,000,000 of his own people.
Hitler was probably unaware at the moment. By June 4th 1940 he had pushed the British army off the beach at Dunkirk. On 22 June 1941, he invaded Russia. A disbelieving Stalin stayed drunk for a week.
In April 1943 German units discovered the mass graves in Katyn, and called in the Swiss Red Cross to document what they thought would be a propaganda victory. But Stalin managed to lie his way out of the deed, and convinced the British and Americans that it had been Nazi units who’d killed the Poles. The see-saw blame game would continue for decades, until the fall of the USSR in 1989.
So yesterday Polish President Lech Kaczynski flew to Smolensk to observe the 70th anniversary of the massacre. But his Soviet-built plane crashed on landing in the fog, killing all aboard. Poland is today without it’s top leaders.
And thus the lesson for American voters is be damned careful who your future presidential candidates take as their VP running mates!
We all know that Obama picked the Village Idiot solely as life insurance, figuring no matter how badly some wacko snipers might want to cap him, they’d not risk having Biden in exchange. But airplanes and helicopters crash all the time. It was the shoot-down of Rwanda President Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundi President Cyprien Ntaryamira in 1994 which started the Hutu-Tutsi genocide.
/s/ Iron Mike
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