Like a thief in the night
This time death clipped the tops of trees and fell to the ground, taking 96 people with her. They included President Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, a host of political and cultural figures and Rev Canon Bronislaw Gostomski, parish priest of London's main Polish Church, St Andrzej Boboli. Those on board had been on their way to take part in commemerative services for the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre.
That such a terrible thing happened is a tragedy. Politics are of no moment at times like this. Along with my fellow Poles, I am in a state of shock.