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Vitriol Over Falklands
Resurfaces, as Do Old Arguments

New York Times, by John F. Burns

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 1/6/2013 12:09:23 PM

LONDON — They have barely 3,000 inhabitants and far more sheep than people. They are more than 8,700 miles from London. For much of the year, they are bitterly cold and wind-swept, with only open sea and ice between them and Antarctica. President Ronald Reagan, who tussled with Margaret Thatcher over them as he rarely did on any other issue that engaged the two leaders, described them once as “that little ice-cold bunch of land down there.” But the Falkland Islands, the focus of a short war between Britain and Argentina in 1982

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No one expects Argentina to actually invade again. But as the article mentions, no one expected them to invade back in ´82 either.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Miss Ann Thrope, 1/6/2013 1:17:54 PM     (No. 9101711)

It´s about the oil reserves recently found near the islands.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/6/2013 1:49:38 PM     (No. 9101753)

Or it could be a wag the dog for their president who´s always in hot water.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: LadyHen, 1/6/2013 2:08:29 PM     (No. 9101777)

Yep.. 1 and 2 pretty much summed it up in 1500 fewer words than the NYT.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Bobn.T, 1/6/2013 3:44:55 PM     (No. 9101875)

I don´t remember Reagan tussling with Margaret Thatcher over the Falklands. If I remember it correctly, the US supported the British in maintaining control over the Falklands.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/6/2013 4:53:48 PM     (No. 9101961)

While the Argentines could probably round up enough make believe soldiers to sail back to the Falkland Islands, you can bet that they know that they would be facing modernized British Army and Marine units that have been extremely battle hardened over the last decade by serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. That experience would not be at all pretty for the Argentines. On top of that a couple of British nuclear attack submarines, which are the battleships of this modern era, would take out the entire Argentine navy.

Obviously the Argentines don´t want the Falkland Islanders to express their self determination by voting next March. The British should therefore keep a prudent weathers eye out in the Falkland Islands situation until that election takes place.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lotsamojo, 1/6/2013 10:54:32 PM     (No. 9102333)

Is there a correlation with Argentina´s economic woes/dips and Falkland flair ups . . . like in take the attention off of the miserable economy and a dreadful government.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: JimJr, 1/7/2013 12:59:49 PM     (No. 9103337)

Tyrannical governments must give the populace someone or something to hate. They do this to keep the people from looking at their government too closely (think "Goldberg"*). After the debacle in 1982, the Argentine people saw through the smoke and mirrors facade of the junta and tossed them out on their ears. Things are bad and getting worse in Argentina and Kirchner needs something to take the heat off her, enter "Las Malvinas". As stated above, it she makes a military play, it will end much, much worse this time.

*Gratuitous "1984" reference.

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