Zbigniew Brzezinski: photo - prezydent.pl
“It's hard not to be horrified by the extent to which political language has become brutal, by the extent to which a political game has become irresponsible on the part of very high-standing people on the political scene,” he told the TVN 24 news channel.
“It actually looks as if there is an attempt to undermine the very foundations of and respect for the state, Poland and Polish democracy,” he said.
His remarks come a week after Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of opposition party Law and Justice described the 2010 plane crash “as an unprecedented crime” that amounted to “the murder of 96 people, including the Polish president [Kaczynski's late brother Lech Kaczynski].”
Brzezinski, who was US National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, condemned the “irresponsible nonsense” propagated over the last two years regarding a supposed attack, and suggestions that the Polish government or Russia, “or maybe both” were responsible.
“This is something so repulsive and harmful that I hope that more responsible people in the opposition will take up a different approach,” he said.
“This is terribly vicious work done by a couple of people suffering from psychological difficulties – perhaps understandable from the human point of view – but this has no place in politics,” he said.
Brzezinski also argued that political divisions in Poland “suited Russia,” and that attempts made by Polish politicians to “divide society” over Smolensk were “revolting” and “worthy of contempt.”
President to meet Attorney General
Meanwhile, President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski has invited Attorney General Andrzej Seremet to attend the next meeting of the National Security Council (RBN), with the hope of discussing the ongoing Smolensk investigation.
“I do not believe in conspiracy theories. However, the prosecutor may be able allay fears and panic concerning the causes of the Smolensk disaster,” Komorowski told Polish Radio on Friday.
Nevertheless, Komorowski noted that owing to the legal status while the investigation is ongoing, Seremet may not be able to make detailed statements.
“It would be good if, operating within the law, he could dispel doubts,” Komorowski reflected.
Former president Lech Walesa has also commented to TVN 24 on the need for more clarity, so that “the opposition is unable to continue this vicious, dishonest game.”
Walesa said that for him, the reasons for the crash were settled in Poland's initial report of former Interior Minister Jerzy Miller in 2011.
However, Walesa said that there was a need for a commission to look at a various issues, such as why there were mistakes in identifying some bodies, and why the wreck of the plane has not returned to Poland. (nh)