The government of Poland is hopefully not decapitated (the Prime Minister, Donald Tusk is still in power, and a President Pro-Tem is already in place) but certainly wounded with the death of its president, Lech Kaczynski and Poland’s first lady, Maria.
Also among the dead are members of church, banking and military leadership.
Kaczynski had flown to Russia to commemorate the Katyn Forest Massacre of 1940.
Apparently there was a very thick fog; Gateway Pundit reports that the airport was closed prior to the (multiple) landing attempts.
Astute Bloggers jumping to questions that may have already occured to some: with the country now in grief and Obama so disinterested in the affairs of Poland (and other vulnerable nations), does Putin soon invade?
The question is definitely “too soon,” but I am certain many are privately asking it. After all, if America is not going to stop such a thing, who will? And then what?
Kim Priestap is thinking along similar lines, and she has updates.
Zigniew Brzezinski: speaking live on MSNBC, “You cannot compensate for the loss of human talent; these were the top people in all of the major professions!” He also discusses Katyn and the Polish political system, and Kaczynski’s identity.
Bruce Kesler: Cries alas, and writes what he knows about Katyn.
According to the flight manifest, these were aboard:
Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland
Maria Kaczyńska, First Lady of Poland
Krystyna Bochenek, Deputy Speaker of the Senate
Bishop Mirosław Chodakowski, Orthodox Ordinary of the Polish Army
Leszek Deptuła, member of the Sejm
Grzegorz Dolniak, member of the Sejm
Janina Fetlińska, member of the Senate
General Franciszek Gągor, Chief of the Polish Army General Staff
Grażyna Gęsicka, member of the Sejm
Przemysław Gosiewski, member of the Sejm
Mariusz Handzlik, Undersecretary of State in the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland
Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, member of the Sejm
Ryszard Kaczorowski, the last President of the Polish government-in-exile
Sebastian Karpiniuk, member of the Sejm
Vice Admiral Andrzej Karweta, Commander-in-chief of the Polish Navy
Janusz Kochanowski, Polish Ombudsman
Andrzej Kremer, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Janusz Kurtyka, Historian and president of the Institute of National Remembrance
Tomasz Merta, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Aleksandra Natalli-Świat, member of the Sejm
Piotr Nurowski, President of the Polish Olympic Committee
Maciej Płażyński, President of the Polish Community association
Bishop Tadeusz Płoski, bishop of the Military Ordinariate of the Polish Army
Krzysztof Putra, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm
Andrzej Przewoźnik, Secretary-General of the Council for the Defense of the Memory of Struggle and Suffering
Fr. Ryszard Rumianek, Rector of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University
Arkadiusz Rybicki, member of the Sejm
Sławomir Skrzypek, President of the National Bank of Poland
Władysław Stasiak, Chief of the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland
Aleksander Szczygło, head of the National Security Bureau
Jerzy Szmajdziński, Deputy Speaker of the Sejm
Jolanta Szymanek-Deresz, member of the Sejm
Anna Walentynowicz, free trade union activist, member of Solidarity
Zbigniew Wassermann, member of the Sejm
Wiesław Woda, member of the Sejm
Edward Wojtas, member of the Sejm
Paweł Wypych, Secretary of State in the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland
Stanisław Zając, member of the Senate
Remembering JPII in Poland
Michelle Malkin has more
Conservative Lesbian has a thorough round-up
I’m back working on a deadline, so I doubt I’ll be updating further.