Saturday, August 22, 2009

Foreign & General (And Field Marshall) - Moments in Treaty-Making

August 22, 1939:

Officially stated in Berlin that Ribbentropp flies to Moscow tomorrow to sign non-agression pact with U.S.S.R. News later confirmed from Moscow by Tass Agency, in a way that seems to make it clear that pact will go through. Little comment in any of the papers, the news having evidently arrived in the small hours of this morning & the Russian confirmation only in time for the stop press.

August 22, 1922:

Michael Collins, 31, commander-in-chief of the pro-treaty Irish Free State forces, has been assassinated in an ambush at the Mouth of Flowers (Beal na mBlath). He will be remembered as a freedom fighter, the world's first urban guerilla, and a great Irish patriot.

August 22, 2009:

You can tell that reports of some sort of pact are total rubbish when the dispatch contains a sentence like this: "A spokesman for the Scotch Whisky Association said yesterday it was 'monitoring' the situation. . ."


Blogger Louise said...

Last link is broken.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

The news story appears to have vanished in its entirety.

Out of embarrassment, I expect.

7:33 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

I believe this is it:

In your link the second uk/ is missing.

Disgusting story, nonetheless.

11:35 PM  
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3:57 PM  

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