What a lot of people forget is that in ´82 nobody knew where the falklands where. A lot stil dont.
I remember, when i was a kid, reading the diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 and 3/4 (remember it anyone:puz
..its says something like
"Awoke today only to here on the radio that Argentina has invaded the Falklands, i ran into my dads bedroom, woke him up and told him. He shouted
"bloody hell" jumped out pf bed and started dressing. I asked him why, and he said.."the Falklands..they´re only 18 miles from bloody
And such was the realidad for many people.
Margret Thatcher (the woman who stopped the daily FREE bottle of milk that children of 5,6 and 7 years old received in school as a health aid, to save
money) was about to be voted out of office, when, like a gift from the gods, arose the Falklands issue, and every politician knows that a little sabre
rattling and a good military victory wins votes.
Thatcher used the Falklands war, which ONLY cost around 150 british lives with about 300 wounded, as an election tool, which won her 4 more years as
As the head of the naval task force wrote afterwards explaining the battle of Goose Green, one of the worst battles of the conflict, he explained to
london that the battle would´nt be necessary as the Paras could by pass the positions during the night unseen and move on directly to Stanley, but
London (READ - Thatcher) has said that ALL ENEMY FORCES WHERE TO BE ENGAGED AND NEUTRALISED.
Why engage the enemy, when a top level man who knows the score and listens to the men on the ground says you dont have to waste lives ?
WHY - because EVERY DEAD ARGIE WAS WORTH HUNDREDS OF VOTES.
And now 25 years later, with the dead heroes like H JONES and SIMON WESTON,and even the battles except by those who fought them forgotten, the
Falklands are ,once again, a blot on the landscape, a part of the empire that the kids todays dont know about.
To sum up, its NOT about sovereignty, its not about who owns what, its about whos the cock of the playground, as they say in Britain.
The UK, back in ´82 hadnt had a war since the disasters of Aden etc in the 50´s and the Falklands where simply a way of showing the world Britans
military capacity...its all about showing that you "cant mess with the UK"
[edit on 24-9-2007 by andy1972]