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May 15, 2021

Gains of war

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I was in England in 1982 when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. It was announced in the press in a couple of paragraphs on page three, reflecting the fact that 99 per cent of Britons had never heard of the Falklands and didn’t give a stuff anyway.

Enter Margaret Thatcher, who was well down in the polls. Within a week, there was confected outrage all over and loud the rumblings of war were heard.

Soon the Brits were over there in force asserting their power and seeking to liberate the islands from a fourth tier power. The Split Enz song ‘six months in a leaky boat’ was banned from airplay. It goes without saying that there was no discussion of the historical right of the Argentinian claim to the islands.

One of the memorable events was the sinking of the Argentinian battleship Belgrano, which at that late stage was actually sailing away from the conflict; leading even British observers to question why it was necessary to sacrifice 300 sailors lives.

The likely answer emerged some 30 years later when the relevant documents were finally available: Britain had been humiliated by losing 26 sailors. But ocean-going boats and the Argentinian airforce knew all about the vulnerabilities of the British vessels and exploited them well. Belgrano was payback.

My point is that Thatcher was prepared to start a war for domestic political advance, even if thousands of lives were at risk.

Should we then be surprised at Trumps murder of that Iranian general (plus his bodyguard and driver)? Of course not; in one stroke, Trump was able to distract attention from his impeachment problems and to satisfy his Israeli controllers. And it’s a very old tradition to start a foreign war to boost your credentials anyway. 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Fast Buck$,
    Australians know how important the Australian Constitution is.
    It is so important that white people, the new chums who originated from Great Britain and who are now the Australian government will not let the Indigenous Aborigine be mentioned in the Constitution. Do you know how much angst that causes when the black race has been here 65,000 years?
    Well, in Argentina in the Argentinian Continuation it is written and enshrined that the Archipelago, the Falkland Islands belongs to Argentina.

  2. I see your point and you are probably right about Trump but to compare it with Thatcher and the Falklands war is ludicrous.
    I guess someone is paying you to write this shite to get some sort of response but you should stick to pi$$ing off Byron council.
    The facts are all documented on line, so to write something as spurious as this is shameful.
    To cut a long a story short, you have no idea about the history of the Falkland Islands, the dictator General Leopaldi Galtieri and the Argentinian Junta, or why their military special forces invaded, the mood of the Brits once they knew where the Falklands were ( I’ll give you that one) or Margaret Thatchers political career.
    Just a poor comparison..

    Phil

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