Андрей Илларионов (aillarionov) wrote,
Андрей Илларионов

«Они просто не хотят этого...»

PiS и ряд обозревателей добиваются передачи следствия, замечая, что почти месяц после авиакатастрофы практически ничего не известно о причинах трагедии.

Сейм Польши не поддержал проект резолюции с просьбой о передаче польской прокуратуре уголовного дела по факту расследования катастрофы самолета Президента Леха Качиньского, что произошла 10 апреля вблизи российского города Смоленск... Оппозиционные депутаты напомнили, что, несмотря на то, что уже прошел почти месяц после трагических событий, до сих пор даже не известно точное время падения самолета, а на месте катастрофы можно найти его обломки и личные вещи 96 пассажиров.
PiS отметил, что, согласно Конвенции о международной гражданской авиации от 7 декабря 1944 года, на основе которой польская власть сотрудничает с российской с целью установления причин катастрофы, поляки имеют право обратиться к россиянам с просьбой передать им дело для дальнейшего ведения следствия. Депутаты от партии "Право и справедливость" считают, что такая просьба не должна привести к ухудшению отношений между Польшей и Россией...
Глава польского правительства Дональд ТУСК и представители польской прокуратуры положительно оценивали сотрудничество с россиянами во время расследования причин катастрофы президентского самолета, но, в то же время, польские следователи признавали, что не имеют права обнародовать материалы дела без согласия российской прокуратуры, которая является главной в расследовании авиакатастрофы.

Павел Лисицкий, главный редактор Rzeczpospolita, 6 мая:
«Я по-прежнему спрашиваю: могут ли поляки гордиться публичным спором между министром обороны Богданом Клихом и Эдмундом Клихом, в настоящее время бывшим главой Государственной комиссии по расследованию авиационных происшествий? Они, что, гордятся тем, что они до сих пор не знают, когда они получат черные ящики с записями голосов в пилотской кабине? Или тем, что человеческие останки до сих пор находят рядом с местом крушения самолета после столь длительного времени? Тем, что принадлежащие жертвам документы разбросаны повсюду? Или, может быть, мы должны быть горды готовностью правительства послать группу археологгов на место крушения? На самом деле жаль, что они не послали группу классических филологов или спелеологов. Расследование производит впечатление некомпетентного и хаотичного.
...Если бы это было вопросом только нехватки компетентности. Боюсь, что это хуже. Они просто не хотят этого [расследования]».

"Polish Authorities Lacked Will"

Editorial by Pawel Lisicki, editor in chief of Rzeczpospolita,
Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita on 6 May

"In the face of the Smolensk tragedy, the contemporary Polish state -- both the Constitution as well as state institutions -- has passed the test," Sejm Speaker Bronislaw Komorowski stated on 3 May on the occasion of Constitution Day. He went on to say: "On the 219th anniversary of the
passage of the Constitution of 3 May, we have the right to raise our heads high, because we can be proud of the contemporary Polish state."

Is that so? Is it truly the case that the information that is progressively emerging about the disaster itself, as well as the actions of the Polish authorities, give us reason to be happy and proud?

I doubt so.

Quite the contrary, the more time passes since the tragedy occurred, the more questions are begging to be asked. As time passes, it also becomes easier to believe that the words uttered by the Sejm speaker -- Civic Platform's (PO) presidential candidate -- are an expression of inopportune boastfulness, conceit, and a lack of understanding for the role of the state. Worse -- they are an attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.

As is shown by the document that Rzeczpospolita has disclosed -- a Polish-Russian military agreement dated 1993 that remains in effect -- Poland had every right to demand that a joint investigation be conducted with the Russians -- and not for reasons of oversensitivity or anti-Russian bias. The simple fact of the matter is that every country and its government has a sacred duty to defend its citizens and their rights. This is a government's most important and elementary task. Politicians are judged on the basis of whether they are capable of fulfilling it. This is what they are elected to do; not so they can pat citizens on the back, pay lip service to them, and shower them with compliments. Their first task is to -- in accordance with procedures and
the law -- protect citizens' rights.

The problem, however, is that in an atmosphere of universal reconciliation with Russia -- this sudden fraternization and paling up with each other -- the Polish Government appeared to not even think about the fact that it could demand something. Oh phooey, what a dreadfully impolite word this is -- PO politicians appeared to be saying. Today, it turns out that the Polish authorities were unable to make use of legal instruments.

Were unable? If only this were a question of a lack of competence. I fear that it was worse than this. They did not want to. They simply -- and this is a conclusion that irresistibly comes to mind -- lacked the will.

I continue to ask: Can Poles be proud of the public row between Defense Minister Bogdan Klich and Edmund Klich, the now former head of the State Commission for the Investigation of Air Accidents? Are they supposed to be proud of the fact that they still do not know when they will
receive the black boxes containing the cockpit voice recordings? Or the fact that human remains can still be found near the crash site after such a long time? That documents belonging to the victims are lying scattered about all over the place? Or maybe we should be proud of the
government's readiness to send a team of archeologists to the crash site? Really, it is too bad that they did not send a team of classical philologists or speleologists. The investigation creates the impression of being incompetent and chaotic.

When did the disaster take place? For over a week, it was thought that the crash happened at 0856 hours. Then it turned out that it was actually at 0841 hours. Physicians noted down 0850 hours. It is not known why such weak measures were taken to protect the flight, and what the Polish special services had been doing. Judging, however, by the statements made by the Polish prime minister, one could conclude that Poland does not need any special services at all, since the host country is supposed to take care of everything. It is not even known for sure who ultimately decided that President Kaczynski's visit would have a private, and not official, character -- if this was indeed the case.

From the very beginning, I have criticized the various conspiracy theories that have surfaced, one after the other. It is impossible, in my opinion, to find any rational justification for them. Above all, there is no evidence to support them. However, even if one were to assume -- and this highly doubtful in it of itself -- that the Russians would be capable of carrying out such an attack, I still do
not see any benefits that Russia could reap as a result. No matter how one looks at it, the hypothesis of an attack sounds preposterous. This ease in laying the blame on someone else -- in this case, the Russians -- speaks badly of Poles' capacity for self-criticism, I believe. In any
case, it is not surprising that they are susceptible to these kinds of absurd hypotheses since the government itself has not been able to clearly, transparently, and competently explain the facts.

No. Contrary to what Sejm Speaker Komorowski has said, we cannot be proud of the Polish state. It is high time to draw lessons from the tragedy. To punish those who are guilty of
incompetence and responsible for this mess. Maybe this will finally restore the (public's) faltering trust and put a stop to the speculations about the causes of the tragedy.

Source: Rzeczpospolita, Warsaw, 6 May 2010



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