Filed under: History & Culture, Politics & economics
It is pitiful. In several senses. The Argentine is a splendid place with many splendid people, and they ought to be, as they once were, friends of Britain. Instead they are thrown into animosity by…. POLITICIANS.
They had as much chance as Britain to own the islands, populate them and prosper in peace. Indeed, they had far better chances. But their own country is huge and varied with far greater opportunities and they stayed at home. Now, with a stable population, a small town, windy farms and fishing established, the Argies want to take it. Sheer greed.
Britain would quite happily cede it to Argentina if the Falklanders wished. But they don’t. End of.
Of course it won’t be the end of. It will drag on. And for every year of argument the rationales of all will harden. It will be a tearful future with missed friendships and unwanted animosities.
Not forgetting Gibralter too.
It’s hard to get across to non-Brits how deeply this runs. No wonder Margaret Thatcher knew she was on a winner. I would seriously sign up to go down there and fight should the Argies try it on again.
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