The Syrian catastrophe can't resolve arguments about what happened 65 years ago.
But for the one who was blindsided when the papers were served and had no intention of ever signing, D-day is a catastrophe.
State officials, military and aviation experts in both countries hurried to shift the blame for the catastrophe.
1530s, "reversal of what is expected" (especially a fatal turning point in a drama), from Latin catastropha, from Greek katastrophe "an overturning; a sudden end," from katastrephein "to overturn, turn down, trample on; to come to an end," from kata "down" (see cata-) + strephein "turn" (see strophe). Extension to "sudden disaster" is first recorded 1748.