Political potency of a national tragedy is wearing out.
- Annabelle Chapman
WARSAW — Nine years ago, a plane crash that killed Poland’s president and 95 others created one of the most potent myths in the country’s history.
A significant minority of Poles did not believe that it was a tragic accident, as detailed in an official report.
Instead, they saw the crash at a military airfield near the Russian city of Smolensk as a plot involving Polish and Russian leaders, mid-air explosions and cruel Russians executing survivors.
Poland’s Law and Justice (PiS) party turned such theories into…