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!
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.
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.
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.