The Falklands dispute

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Is it about land, politics or the people?

It’s maybe a controversial topic for me raise yet it’s forever surfacing. It’s now 30 years since the war on the British governed island and the Argentine government ended, and here they are again upping the pressures on David Cameron in a bid to gain ownership. The title of this blogs insinuates there’s a healthy argument to suggest the Argentine government are fighting for the acquisition of either the land or the people. Well, we all know the fundamental reasoning for war and that’s unfortunately  money and power -  and in this case specifically the waters surrounding the Falklands.

Do you really think an Argentine government is looking to acquire 3,000 British citizens? Consider the distress continually caused by Argentina, most recently intercepting ships to and from the island, I very much doubt they’d welcome them arms wide open.

The islanders perspective

Upon discussing whether or not the Falkland Islands should remain British, it’s easy to get lost in all the political to-ing and fro-ing that’s occurring, especially when it’s islanders who are in the middle of it. Having recently read an article from an islander, he stressed his frustrations at the arrogance of comments made, in particular by Briton’s, when they’ve never visited. The public are so easily lead by the media, I can certainly relate to his comments and understand his frustrations. He urged critics to visit the island and form their own opinion, rather than adhere to influenced comments from the media.

We can make sense of why Argentina want the Islands back – they want the oil and it appears that the British government are now (at least) fairly humble about the whole process – a referendum will allow residents to vote on their stance. Although Britain’s known to puff out its chest when the going gets tough, it seems we’ve taken a back step this time around as we sit back relax and let democracy decide the islanders fate.

The Argentines want something they can’t, they tried fighting for it 30-years back and lost. And they are by no means looking to obtain additional citizens, they’re purely in this financial growth. This is all about the money and power, not the people. I for one welcome the residents that decide who should govern them.

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TheRealRafiek
TheRealRafiek

I think its location is a dead give away that it belongs to Argentina and England should bugger off.

robertreed
robertreed

While I agree the inhabitants have to right to self determination it does seem very odd that these islands are off the coast of Argentina and belong to the UK. 

The Oil off the coast is a bit of a myth, the price it takes to extract the stuff and ship it back means its pretty worthless. We can keep South Georgia anyway as a strategic island. 

Its like Argentina owning the Scilly Islands, we would find it very odd.. 

The strange thing about Argentina is has a strong Anglo relationship, they play rugby union, love english music have a strong European identity, much more so then Brazil etc.. 

 

SaintsBoy1
SaintsBoy1

The thing about Britain is that it's the most envied nation ever.The reason behind this is because of it's fantastic history,culture and it's people.It was the instigator for the modern era,i.e, the industrial revolution, science,music,films,TV,literature,sport etc... just look at how much this tiny Island in the Atlantic has exported to the world over the years.Now, the Argentines claim that the Falkland Islands are theirs, but in actual fact it never belonged to them in the first place.The British were the first to record their existence of the islands.I think that the decision that will settle this matter will be down to the Islanders themselves and if they want to live their or not,and much like the results of the Gibraltar referendums of 1967 and 2002,the results will be to remain part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as a British Overseas Territory. 

sibbo
sibbo

Excuse the bad spelling, written in haste.

sibbo
sibbo

leave it to the Islanders to decide what they wish to do. I agree that most goverment reasons revolve around financial gain rather than the will of the people. They know that the Islanders will vote to stay with UK citizans so they can seem relaxed about the whole affair.

sibbo
sibbo

leave it to the Islanders to decide what they wish to do. I agree that most goverment reasons revolve around financial gain rather than the will of the people. They know that the Islanders will vote to stay with UK citizans so they can seem relaxed about the whole affair.

robbyt
robbyt

Come on Britain, give all the colonies back."I have" no you haven't "I have" where's the Falklands "that's my favourite" give it back.The worlds view....

WKZero
WKZero

If Argentina gives 'her' lands back to the indigenous peoples she stole her lands from I might give Argentina the time of day and consider her claims on the Falklands. She hasn't, so I won't.

wiltshirespur
wiltshirespur

its all about self determination. if the islanders want to be british then they should be allowed to make up their own mind on what nationality they want to, the argentinians argue against imperialism yet want to force a group of people into a nationality they do not want.

DavePienaar
DavePienaar

Ah, I expected a bit more of a write up here Joey lad, but given the controversial nature of the subject I can understand the need to say very little.

 

Sadly, the only reason why there is conflict there in the past, and has currently re-arisen since the economic crisis, is solely down to oil. Neither Britain nor Argentina appear to be particularly bothered by what the local people want. From sources I have read, the people there just want to be left alone and be allowed to get on with their own things. They aren't particularly bothered who owns their land and so on.

 

@O Callaghan, I was going to comment, but being from Belfast I shall refrain from commenting on the goings on in Ireland. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Martin O Callaghan
Martin O Callaghan

Joey Man..You forget that the british are terrorists in war time.Look at Ireland our nearest neighbours yet we could never keep them at bay,they were always uprising until that Michael Collins fellow tore us to shreds in the War of independence circa 1922. Tom Barry another irish fellow wiped out the bones of a platoon with a fraction of the men. We should appease other countries and respect their values.

thatjonallen
thatjonallen

The supermarket chain has a view on the Falklands? Whatever and whoever next will be sharing their thoughts?

Callinder
Callinder

The only reason the UK government are interested in the Falklands is oil. At the end of the Falkland War the UK government offered to go 50-50 with the oil revenues but the Argentinians reject the offer. In fact oil was the reason for the war in the first place it wasn't any esoteric sovereignty nonsense. The funny thing is I believe that we are technically still at war with Argentina since they've never, as far as I'm aware, admitted they surrendered.

JakeT1988
JakeT1988

Its obvious the Islanders should decide their fate. When I hear a Falkland Islander speak they sound the same as those born back home, as though they could be folk from a different county , not thousands of miles away. As far as im aware they wish to be British citizens , so Argentina should respect the Islanders rights and British sovereignty. And as for Morrisons opinion, he is a Singer not a politician, or learned in international doctrine regarding soveriegnty so his opinion should be taken lightly.

lupinflo
lupinflo

I'd be interested in hearing you're views regarding Morrissey's take on the subject?

TheRealRafiek
TheRealRafiek

 @SaintsBoy1 When people start throwing around "we were first here" comments around, it tends to throw the debate a bit skew. This is the exact same argument currently being used in the middle east - except they are talking 4000yrs ago? The exact same thing can be said about the Native American Indians - its a ridiculous argument in the 22nd century. Location is a big factor, and maybe a referendum could work, if there are no external influences...like the queen buying all the islanders leather handbags or something.

john_mclaren
john_mclaren

 @Martin O Callaghan

 Appeasement cost this world millions of live in WWI, sitting on our hands cost millions of lives in WWII. Sitting on our hands is costing thousands of lives in Syria today. Respect the values of a Government that kills its own citizens. What values do you want us to respect?

Trajan
Trajan

Technically neither side declared war, it was a "conflict" and as such we are not at war with Argentina.

Joey B
Joey B

 @lupinflo opinions, opinions, opinions. I am on record with my opinion, Morrissey is with his. What is your opinion lupinflo seems we are missing your take? let me know buddy? 

thatjonallen
thatjonallen

 @john_mclaren  @Martin O Callaghan  BTW appeasement was more of an issue in WWII. (The main horror story from  WWI was how governments were prepared to sacrifice their young male population.) Appeasement means giving in to someone's demands to keep the peace. Problem is, it so often leads to war  - declared by people who put other people's lives on the line.

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