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Argentina uses the Falklands as an opportunity to rally morale and attempts to stem protesting Parties it is essentially a scapegoat an interesting point you raise that they want the Islands just because they want it the motivation behind the first conflict was the a matter of political convenience to stem the uproar of economic protests they even put in place on the islands their own language and place their own currency on the people, the islanders will always be a target of too and throw.
Originally posted by Freeborn
reply to post by ANDERSON23
Chevron have recently announced that they are investing in a joint venture with YPF in a shale oil / gas development project in Argentina so I guess they might be the most likely collaboarators in any off shore drilling.
But nothing is set in stone - much may depend on the outcome of the Spanish owned Repsol's claim against the Argentine government for what they allege is the illegal seizure of YPF.
Venezuela seems to promote the idea of South American unity etc at every given opportunity but recently they have been seriously pissing off many of their neighbours, including Brasil who are the regional power house and an emerging world power.
And as question marks continue over Chavez's health who know's how things may change domestically in Venezuela.
China seems wrapped up in Africa and I doubt they would want the added complications of confrontation with the UK - China still depends an 'the west' for quite a lot - but who can second guess the Chinese?
Even if Argentina does develop or gain access to the finance and technical capability to enable drilling the repercussions for them actually attempting to do so within Falkland Island waters would be devestating to the Argentinan people and Kirchner's administration.
Argentina wouldn't stand a hope in hell if there was another military confrontation, (hopefully this will never happen).
The truly sad thing is that only relatively recently the UK offered to share costs and proceeds etc from oil and gas development around The Falkland's with Argentina.
The UK even offered to fund and build a massive oil refinery on the Argentinian mainland.
The proposal would have provided a much neede boost to the Argentinian economy which again is in dire straits.
For some reason Kirchner dismissed the offer outright - seems to me like the only people who will suffer are the ordinary Argentinian people.edit on 22/12/12 by Freeborn because: typo
Originally posted by Neocrusader
reply to post by ANDERSON23
Soz dude, I'll admit I kinda skimmed through most of the replies here
Respect to the old man
Arguably the last time a western nation had a uniformed 'general warfare' conflict that took place between countries
GW1 was but a blip and nearly everything since then has been under the guise of this counter insurgency / war on terror pish
But I will add
The Falklands and the Georgian islands are one thing however something kinda related but very much over looked is the Ascension Island, smack bang in the mid Atlantic
Considering its geographical location its geological properties its military presence and other certain 'oddities' shall we say ............just surprised no ones putting 2 and 2 together in other certain forums hereedit on 23-12-2012 by Neocrusader because: Added