Hegel says that history is a butcher block. I've developed a soft spot for Poland lately. The Poles may have plenty to apologize for but who doesn't? And meanwhile, they certainly seem to have suffered their full share of misfortune. And now this.
Fn.: I'm booked to fly Air Poland Warsaw-St. Petersburg in June. One may prayerfully hope that this is a wake-up call for safety maintenance.
Fn. 2: Scanning other blogs and comments, I see an emerging riot of assertion and speculation: it was the pilot, it was the Prime Minister, it was the KGB (or whatever they call them now). Looks like we may be in for a long slog.