originally posted by: corsair00
But what is the significance of the Falkland Islands themselves? For example, what kind of things have been associated with it in the past, and
therefore, what could be going on over there now? Or are those wrong questions to ask? LOL
Not sure I understand your question... Perhaps you could have a brief look at the history of the islands, then you will see for yourself.
In a nutshell, we colonised them way back, before Argentina even existed.
They then laid claim, because Spain had a claim. A long while passes without much being done and then, in the 1970's, we had a weak as piss
Government who began negotiating handing sovereignty over to Argentina and then us "leasing" the islands back, just like Hong Kong. The islanders
weren't consulted and were ignored, as they wished to remain British.
Anyhoo, Argentina never followed up on these discussion and took them as a sign of weakness that we didn't want the islands. Add onto that early
1980's defence cuts and they jump at the chance to invade.
Despite our cuts, we hauled one carrier out of mothball, cobbled together a task force of over 120 ships - of which 50 were Warships), press ganged
cruise liners as troop transports and within a month managed to send a force of over 20,000 men some 11,000 miles to kick them off.
The whole War, from invasion to their surrender, lasted 74 days.
And they've bitched about it since. We've offered them a 50% share of any Oil revenue and the islands recently had a referendum on what they want.
99.8% voted to remain British.
As a funny aside, the Argentine President recently said:
""Our land has always been invaded, first by the Spanish, then by the English. ""
This is from a woman of mixed Spanish and German descent......