Sunday, May 1, 2011

May Day death

Not only is it terribly convenient for PR purposes that Osama's killing was announced on May Day, but that date has a couple of other ironic connections. As pointed out here, Hitler's death was announced on that day, as was (I'm sure totally coincidentally) Bush's infamous "Mission Accomplished" message. From Wikipedia:
1945 – World War II: A German newsreader officially announces that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany."
2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended."
Perhaps a more suitable May Day to celebrate is May 1, 1328, the day when the aggressing state of England stopped trying to occupy Scotland, ending the Wars of Scottish Independence by signing the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton and so recognizing Scotland as a sovereign, independent nation. History is probably silent on the matter, but no doubt most Scottish suicide bombers laid down their vests upon the English king's concession.