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Three years on from the tragic crash that killed Lech Kaczynski and his wife, and numerous other eminent Polish figures, the unity that was forged in tragedy quickly dissipated with a sharp divide in contemporary Polish politics. Firstly, the current centre-right PM Donald Tusk is increasingly a target for right-wing nationalist anger. Secondly, there seems to be a belief and far from a marginal one of Russian complicity in the crash. I don't necessarily believe that to be the case and am not even so sure myself about it, yet have little trouble understanding why many people would want to believe it.

I know some misguided souls think Vladimir Putin is a good leader, but it's with things like these that explain why I am emphatically not one of his admirers, as contemporary Russia has never rejected the Soviet legacy and adheres to such dishonest views of history, especially regarding Poland, Ukraine, the Baltic region, the Caucasus region, etc. that continues to inflame resentment. But even if Russia were honest about it, it won't change Polish minds.

Who knows what can eventuate in a post-EU Europe to guarantee security in the region? This is why Austria-Hungary is missed... but at least Kaczynski, unlike Thatcher, had the right set of ideas.
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