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Argentine president brands Falkland
Islanders ´squatters´ after 99.8%
said yes to UK sovereignty

Daily Mail [UK], by Gerard Couzens

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 3/14/2013 8:02:23 AM

Argentine president Cristina Kirchner has branded Falkland Islanders ‘squatters’ after they voted overwhelmingly to remain British. She stepped up her attacks after all but three of the 1,517 islanders who took part in the referendum said they wanted to remain an ‘overseas territory of the United Kingdom’. The president used a conference speech, in which she was meant to present a plan for the country’s science and technology programmes, to criticise the referendum. She claimed: ‘It’s like a consortium of squatters voting on whether they’re going to continue illegally occupying a building or not. The result was a foregone conclusion.’

Comments:
Is Kirchner the woman´s family name? If so, then is she claiming it´s an indigenous name? If not did she marry someone whose ancestry is not purely indigenous to Argentina, but merely "squatting"? I don´t see many signs of Native Argentinian in her face.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 3/14/2013 8:27:13 AM     (No. 9224240)

Not to be catty....Oh, that´s not true; I´m going to be catty....That´s an awful picture. She looks like she´s trying to be about 60 going on 30. And best wishes to the Falkland Islanders. Freedom loving people are with you.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 3/14/2013 8:34:24 AM     (No. 9224265)

What are you going to do, Cristina? Send the rubber-tube Argentine Navy to dislodge the ´squatters?´

Remember how badly that worked for you guys last time you tried it? Do you really want to go down that path - again?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: civilservant, 3/14/2013 8:38:22 AM     (No. 9224275)

#2, Sadly, the Brit´s have already made it celar that they no longer have the Navy to defend the Falklands.

Progressivism is a fatal disease.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 3/14/2013 8:40:59 AM     (No. 9224281)

Squatters since 1833? At what point under Argentine laws do squatters obtain rights? 180 years seems a little excessive. For most adverse possession 20 years is about it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Crosscut, 3/14/2013 8:45:07 AM     (No. 9224285)

If polled, wonder how many Argentinians would prefer British rule?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: FunOne, 3/14/2013 8:45:32 AM     (No. 9224287)

Yes, #3. Britannia no longer rules the seas. Even if they did have a decent navy, the political leadership lacks the will to use it. Maggie is no longer in charge over there. Sad.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: The Advocate, 3/14/2013 8:46:24 AM     (No. 9224289)

There is oil around the Falklands and she wants it to prop up her failed government so she can continue her lavish lifestyle-just like The Usurper in the WH.
She and Pope Francis have clashed on numerous issues.
Seems God chose Pope Francis for many reasons in His ultimate wisdom.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: bpl40, 3/14/2013 8:50:24 AM     (No. 9224298)

Don´t cry for me Cristina!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pearson365, 3/14/2013 8:55:51 AM     (No. 9224313)

Obama, to show his disdain for all things British (except golf), will once again mistakenly refer to the Falklands as the Maldives.

Unfortunately, Obama´s clear preference for Argentina will encourage his fellow Peronist, Cristina K, to think that she can forcibly seize the Falklands. And once again, the depleted British Navy and Royal Marines will travel 9,000 miles to evict these Argentine squatters from this UK territory. Cristina´s attempt to win the 3rd term that was constitutionally denied her husband will equally fail.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: lonestarm3, 3/14/2013 9:07:11 AM     (No. 9224334)

Argentina had (may still have) a sign beside the road to the Buenos Aires airport, "Las Malvinas Son Argentinas" but the history doesn´t justify it.

The British first occupied the islands as a supply point for sailing ships but vacated it temporally due to a medical crisis. The Argentines jumped into the void.

Much as if you left your house unattended while taking your wife to the hospital and returned to find a neighbor had broken in and claimed it as his.

Just who were the "squatters" in the Falklands?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Nimby, 3/14/2013 9:28:31 AM     (No. 9224382)

This woman is a nutcase

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Jimjr, 3/14/2013 12:13:36 PM     (No. 9224815)

just FYI, the British improved the airport at Stanley and currently station a squadron of Typhoon fighters there. Needless to say, a move on the Falklands would be rather less successful today.

http://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/ef2000/

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 3/14/2013 12:36:43 PM     (No. 9224855)

#3, #6--trust me. The British will defend the Falkland Islanders.

For a start, there is a Falklands garrison of 1200. From gov.uk:

A tri-Service contingent, with a dedicated team of civil servants and contractors in support, provides strong all-round defence for the Islands, drawing on infantry and specialist troops, Rapier surface-to-air missiles, Royal Navy ships, RAF Typhoon jets and support aircraft, and Search and Rescue and support helicopters, among a myriad of other assets supporting the mission.

No doubt other resources have arrived quietly at the islands in the last several months to aid the garrison--and hundreds of Islanders who have been in training since the first Falklands War.

Britain will be imaginative as before. Last time cross-Channel ferries carried heavy equipment, cruise ships carried various combatants and the liner Queen Elizabeth II carried infantry. From Wikipedia:

The whole task force eventually comprised 127 ships: 43 Royal Navy vessels, 22 Royal Fleet Auxiliary [Navy reserve] ships and 62 merchant ships.

Britain may have a smaller supply of arms and personnel but the new destroyers are fierce. If Kirchner gives the order to invade, she is finished.

Bear in mind the British might have to pull troops from the Middle East to engage the Argentinians and that will, unfortunately, put American troops at graver risk.

In a previous post I misremembered the name of the island from which the US provided assistance. I should have said Ascension Island. Of course, it´s extremely doubtful that Obama will again permit the use of this base but the British will work around it.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: civilservant, 3/14/2013 1:21:58 PM     (No. 9224951)

As ever, #13 I will take your word on all things British, but I was merely relating this....from the ´discoveryfalklands´ site, 8/29/2012:
"Defence cuts mean Britain could do “precisely nothing” to prevent Argentina retaking the Falkland Islands. The warning comes from Admiral Sir John “Sandy” Woodward in a letter to The Daily Telegraph. Drawing on his experience as head of the Naval task force during the conflict he says America is more keen on maintaining stability in Argentina and that Washington was pushing for negotiations over the sovereignty of the islands."

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 3/14/2013 3:04:24 PM     (No. 9225173)

Very kind of you to say so, #14, but I´m certainly not infallible. I came to know a number of those participating in the war--mainly via HMS Fearless, which was on her way home and visiting New Orleans when the 1983 Mardi Gras was in full swing. About ten years on A and I were aboard Invincible in Norfolk as guests of a NATO officer and thus able to meet and chat with more Falklands veterans. That spirit and determination surely is alive and well.

But back to Adm. Sir John Woodward. It´s not beyond belief that he wrote his letter as a bit of disinformation. If the Argentinians believe Britain can´t help the Falklands then they might think Britain will cave on the issue and thus the sabers continue to rattle while Britain quietly gets its military and political ducks in a row (e.g., arranging for the referendum). Cameron is certainly very clear in his assertions that Britain will not permit Argentina to grab the Falklands.

The Telegraph reports that last year, at a 30th anniversary memorial service for Argentinian Falklands dead, Pope Francis said, ""We come to pray for those who have fallen, sons of the homeland who set out to defend his mother, the homeland, to claim the country that is theirs and they were usurped." It seems, the T concludes, that "the new Pope is politically aligned with Cristina Kirchner, who has increasingly returned to the issue of the sovereignty of the islands in recent months."

The temperature of the issue has risen.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 3/14/2013 3:12:30 PM     (No. 9225197)

Let her squawk all she wants. The Falkland folk will fight them on the beaches, if necessary.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: civilservant, 3/14/2013 3:20:09 PM     (No. 9225210)

To paraphrase an old saying vis-a-vis your comment about the temperature rising.....allow me to mangle said old saying.....

Too many crooks spoil the soup.

As long as the anti-American POS BHO is in the WH, traditional allies will be tossed under the bus, and "progressives" like Christina K will be lauded for their ´progressivism´.

As to Pope Francis´s words, Dear God please have your Apostles stick to matters spiritual.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: bob913, 3/14/2013 4:17:32 PM     (No. 9225300)

She must be part obama

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Reply 19 - Posted by: kono, 3/14/2013 9:44:41 PM     (No. 9225685)

Give the country a pope, and watch their president act like a dope. Priceless.

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