Category Archives: Argentina

William The Conqueror

The Argentinians want the English to move out of the Falklands.

English Out Of the Falklands: Very unimaginative and inaccurate graffiti.

Tensions increase as Duke arrives in Falklands – Telegraph

The Duke of Cambridge has arrived in the Falkland Islands as diplomatic relations between Britain and Argentina reached their lowest point since they went to war in 1982.

It never ceases to amaze me how easily idiots can be whipped up into a frenzy. These uneducated fools appear to believe that the British are somehow occupying the Islands against the will of the native population! I wonder how shocked the Argentinian soldiers were in 1982 when, having been fed a lifetime of propaganda and misinformation on the Islands, they arrived and discovered everyone on the Islands was British and not waiting to be liberated!

Ethnic Cleansing

I have outlined the history of the Falkland Islands before here; but it isn’t about history, it is about what the population of the Islands want now, and they clearly want to remain British. Quite why the Argentinians and the rest of South America seem intent to ignore this is beyond me. Perhaps the population are not deemed to be important as the Argentinians intend to move them on. Ethnic cleansing may be a war crime in the rest of the world, but evidently not in South America.

The whole thing is quite ironic really. Argentina itself is the product of settlers arriving in a land that they didn’t own; however in this case they supplanted the original population, dispossessed them, took all of their land and damn near wiped them out. 90% of the Argentinian population is made up of the descendants of European settlers. Just 3% of the population is of indigenous peoples.

Argentina’s claims of British imperialism and colonialism over the Falklands are more than a little hypocritical from a nation made up of the beneficiaries of both imperialism and colonialism. Clearly they just see the Falkland Islands as more land that they can grab at the expense of the indigenous people there.

HMS Dauntless

As well as sending the future King to the Falklands in a provocative move, at least according to the Argentinians; Britain is also sending HMS Dauntless. She’s only a destroyer, but she is the most advanced ship the Royal Navy has.

Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless

HMS Dauntless: One of the most advanced ships in the Royal Navy heading to the Falklands. It seems that against Argentina, we need only send one ship.

Again it is hypocritical of Argentina stating that sending British personnel and British ships into British waters to guard British territory is provocative, whilst at the same time getting most of South America to agree to banning all ships flying the Falklands Islands flag from docking anywhere in South America. Not to mention attempting to ban supply flights from Argentinian airspace. Both such moves would be seen as provocative anywhere outside of the Middle East.

Fortunately I think dauntless is warning in many ways; evincing to the Argentinians that the British and the Falkland Islanders are not intimidated by their puerile tactics and rent-a-mob demonstration by uneducated, misinformed and propaganda fed youth.

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The Americas Kick Britain in the Teeth

Idiots on Parade

What do the uncool kids do when they don't get to be leader? Create their own gang!

BBC News – Summit backs Argentine claim to Falkland Islands

Latin American and Caribbean leaders at a summit in Mexico have unanimously backed Argentina in its new row with the UK over the Falkland Islands.

Once again Britain receives a kick in the teeth from the those that frequently seem to have their hand out demanding our aid. The annoying word here is unanimously. We have friends in that region, apparently.

Belize

Belize for example always cries out for British aid and has a British garrison permanently based there to protect the country should it’s neighbour Guatemala invade. Like Argentina with the Falklands, Guatemala has always claimed Belize as part of its own terrority and the only thing that has prevented it exercising it’s claim is the ever present British garrison.

If Belize does not support our sovereignty over the Falklands, maybe we should stop supporting their independence from Guatemala. Their independence is enforced by the British Tax payer and British soldiers, and their gratitude is overwhelming.

Then of course there are the Caribbean nations like Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Bahamas and Barbados, all of whom receive generous aid from Britain each year.

They have all stuck up a collective two fingers at Britain and its claim on the Falklands, to appease the Argentines.

History of the Falklands

Nelson's Navy

When Britannia Ruled the Waves: With 100 more ships than Argentina, Britain still does as far as they are concerned.

Despite the claims of the Argentinians and the Spanish, the Falklands were always British. Although sighted by many European sailors prior to this the Islands were first explored by John Davis in 1592. The French claimed and settled on East Island in 1764, the British claimed the other Islands and settled them in 1765. France handed over her settlement to the Spanish who then attacked the British settlement and drove out the British. A peace deal was reached in 1771 although neither relinquished their claims on their effective halves of the Islands.

The British abandoned the settlement in 1774, but made it clear that once again they were not relinquishing their claim on the Island. Spain abandoned her settlement in 1811, but did not hand over sovereignty of their half of the Islands. The Argentinians took control of the Islands in 1828, their settlement was destroyed by the US before the British returned in 1833 to re-assert their claim.

Argentinian President Shopping

Argentinian President looking for the perfect accessory - the Falklands

At no point did the British ever relinquish their claim to the Islands. The Argentinians also claim the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, both of which were discovered by James Cook in 1775, and neither of which have ever officially been occupied by the Argentinians.

Argentina has claimed the Falklands more or less since its independence in 1816, but the South Georgia and South Sandwich Island since the mid 20th century, and the whole of Africa and Antarctica since 2011. The Argentinians never drove the British from the Islands, and never got the British to relinquish their claim on the Islands.

Apart from the fact that none of Argentina’s claims have merit, the British allowed the Argentinian settlement to remain in 1833, and those descendent’s and subsequent settlers have made it categorically clear that they wish to remain part of Britain. A point which Argentina wishes to ignore.

Oil

However the real reason why Argentina wants the Islands is greed, pure and simple. There is oil, 60 billion barrels of the stuff and they want it and the reason for this is twofold. The first is obviously that they want the oil for themselves, there is thirty times more oil in the Falklands than in the whole of Argentina (and Britain), and Argentinian, and the whole South American dependence on oil is rising.

The second reason is that Argentina currently supplies the Falklands with all each energy needs and the Islands having their own energy is going to affect that.

War

Argentina know that militarily it has no chance against Britain, a lesson the Argentinians learnt the hard way last time. They are desperate, trying the UN repeatedly, despite having no case, begging Britain for talks on the Falklands, even though the British refuse, after all what is there to talk about? The Islanders want to remain British, they are British, there is nothing to discuss.

Veterans still fighting

After facing a British bayonet charge, the Argentinian Falklands Veterans now have to face this at home trying to secure their pension rights. No way to treat veterans.

So in the end the Argies, and others with an axe to grind have created a little gang to back each others claims. This summit hasn’t just been a kick in the teeth to Britain, but the US and Canada too, the American nations have decided to set up another organisation, specifically omitting Canada and the US, so that they can pursue their anti-Anglo Saxon agenda.

I am sure that next they’ll back Argentina’s attempts to block shipping to the Falklands, probably by all blocking Falkland bound shipping.

It is sad and pathetic really, as I am sure that they’ll all be around the ankles of Britain, USA and Canada come donations time. They are also alienating three of their biggest export markets. If all three nations were to decide to cut any and all economic aid, or introduce their own trade embargo, the whole region will slide into recession.

There will only one set of winners in such an affair, and none of them will be the 32 nations at the Cancun summit.