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originally posted by: stumason
a reply to: Xcathdra
Yeah, they were the two that really put the "special" into the "special relationship". For all that Maggie did at home (and much of it is unfairly put at her feet when it was the Unions), she was a colossal Stateswoman and someone respected.
originally posted by: Freeborn
a reply to: YodaCoda
I genuinely feel the for the ordinary, everyday Argentinians.
Yet again your leaders are guilty of putting personal advancement and gain before the interests of the Argentinian people.
Not only has Kirchner sold you out with the Chevron deal she also turned down a very generous offer from the British government.
Argentina was offered 50% of the mineral rights found in Falklands Islands territorial waters.
The UK were prepared to supply the technology and also offered to build an oil refinery on mainland Argentina.
This would have been a massive boost to the Argentinian economy providing much needed jobs and income.
In addition it would have given Argentina access to the latest industry technology.
And perhaps the biggest plus would have been the development of a close working relationship between Argentina and the UK and also between Argentina and the Islanders themselves.
Who knows where this would have led to in years to come.
It would have been a mutually beneficial venture which could have produced much needed income, improved relationships and vastly reduced the risk of further confrontations between the two countries.
Yet Kirchner turned it down flat - no negotiating, nothing.
I sincerely hope there is no repeat of '82 - that would only result in one inevitable outcome.....and none of us wish for that to happen.
I feel truly saddened for Argentina that there seems to be no realistic alternative to Kirchner than others who are equally hawkish and reactionary.