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Who Really Owns The Falklands/Malvinas?
 
# 1 : Monday 22-2-2010 @ 22:26
 
 
Those of us of a certain vintage will remember the Falklands war of 1982 when nasty ol' General Galtieri, the Argentinian dictator launched an ill-fated war to take back from the United Kingdom the Falklands Islands ( Las Islas Malvinas to los Argentinos ) lying just off the coast.

Margaret Thatcher launched a naval task force to the South Atlantic which did eventually force out the Argies - albeit sustaining a bloody nose in the process.

28 year later, Argentinian sensitivities are being tweaked more than ever with the British decision to start drilling for oil in the waters around the islands. The Argentinian economy has been lurching drunkenly from one crisis to the next for decades and the sight of (potentially) billions of barrels of oil going to benefit the gringos from the north is too much to take.

So, Argentina has just decreed that ships traveling through its waters to the Falklands require an Argentine permit and in general, extremely disgruntled noises are emanating from Buenos Aires. Some things will be different this time around. For one thing, no-one expects another war. However, there's a lot more Latin American solidarity around this time and the British might find themselves facing the opprobrium of a whole continent rather than just one nation.

A ver qué pasa.....
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# 2 : Monday 22-2-2010 @ 22:29
 
 
Excellent use of the word opprobrium.

I agee. South America is in a much more unified state and in a better position to defend any of it's members.
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# 3 : Monday 22-2-2010 @ 22:33
 
 
They should belong to Argentina!
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# 4 : Monday 22-2-2010 @ 22:43
 
 
who really cares?
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# 5 : Monday 22-2-2010 @ 22:44
 
 
Someone said :
who really cares?

The Argentinians, and the British.
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# 6 : Monday 22-2-2010 @ 22:45
 
 
Someone said :
The Argentinians, and the British.

lol yes I know. Land disputes just seem so pointless
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# 7 : Monday 22-2-2010 @ 22:46
 
 
Someone said :

lol yes I know. Land disputes just seem so pointless

Not when oil is involved.

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# 8 : Monday 22-2-2010 @ 23:34
 
 
The British own them and should own them.

The people who live there do not want to be Argentine. Argentina only had them for
15 years back in the early 1800s.
If the European colonists who live in what they call "Argentina" decide to give back their land to the Native Americans(most of whom they have conveniently eradicated through the centuries), then maybe Britain might consider it. And pigs will fly.

There will not be a second Falklands war and the Trident submarine(s) cruising silently around in the south atlantic packing the 'heat of a million suns', as Kim Jong-Il says, will ensure that.

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# 9 : Tuesday 23-2-2010 @ 00:12
 
 
Someone said :
The British own them and should own them.

why?
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# 10 : Tuesday 23-2-2010 @ 00:27
 
 
Maybe split the money from the Oil?
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# 11 : Tuesday 23-2-2010 @ 07:40
 
 
Someone said :
Maybe split the money from the Oil?

Doubt that.
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# 12 : Tuesday 23-2-2010 @ 12:12
 
 
Looks like all of Central and South America is lining up behind Argentina.

Latin American and Caribbean leaders have backed Argentina's claim over the Falklands, Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has said.

At a regional summit in Cancun, Mexico, a document has reportedly been drafted giving Argentina unanimous support.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez reiterated his support for Argentina.

"We demand, and I think all of us should do the same, the withdrawal of the submarine platform, and that the English government... give that land back," he said.

Before leaving for the summit, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega called for "Britain to return the territory of the Malvinas to its real owners - to return it to Argentina" on Venezuelan Telesur television.


Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8529605.stm
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# 13 : Tuesday 23-2-2010 @ 12:19
 
 
Another oil war just what we need, while the task force retakes the Malvinas we can gloriously conquer Rockall.
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# 14 : Tuesday 23-2-2010 @ 12:32
 
 
Isn't Britain a little busy with its involvement in two other wars right now without having to revisit the Falklands!

The main issue is that the people of the Falklands themselves have stated a preference to align with Britain. Ultimately their decision should be respected. Though if there is oil there it will be very galling for Argentina to see the wealth sail away from their shores.
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# 15 : Tuesday 23-2-2010 @ 12:46
 
 
Someone said :
Isn't Britain a little busy with its involvement in two other wars right now without having to revisit the Falklands!

The main issue is that the people of the Falklands themselves have stated a preference to align with Britain. Ultimately their decision should be respected. Though if there is oil there it will be very galling for Argentina to see the wealth sail away from their shores.

That is not a valid argument, if there was a plebicite in 1997 in Hong Kong the people there would have opted to remain British. This is another example of the right of might.
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