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Originally posted by randomname
pennsylvania and new york along with 11 other states used to be british, why don't you guys go claim that back.
"The US have made it clear that they do not wish to reveal publicly the extent of the help with which they are providing us. They are very much worried about the effects on their relations with South America. We must accept this as a fact of life," a Ministry of Defence letter said.
The United States assisted Britain with intelligence and communications facilities as well as with military equipment such as munitions, the document said, confirming information already in the public domain.
Originally posted by NorthernThird
Right so let's summarise. It looks like Britain, it walks like Britain, it talks like Britain ... but it isn't a colony. In fact, it's a self governing little group of islands which simply depends on Britain for all it's money, all it's public services and all it's defence requirements.
So you guys say they're British through and through of course. British but really a different country, one free to do whatever it pleases. You'll defend them because they're British and the islands are as British as, say, the Western Isles. Or Anglesey.
But "in recent polls" many of them describe themselves as Falklanders first and last. The new "third way" LOL How do you account for that. You're imposing your own Britishness on people who describe themselves as Falkland Islanders. What's that about ?
Makes no sense, that, but I'll take you up on it.So. There'll be treaties for all this, is there ? Treaties, you know, written agreements between sovereign nations ? Like a mutual *cough* defence pact, for example, between the Falkland Islands and the UK/NATO/EU ? Something. Anything ?
Oh no wait ... there isn't.
And that's because the Falkland Islands are a colony, just as the Argentinian President says.
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by NorthernThird
We can round and round on this, but's neither here nor there. I can see it will be like arguing with a brick, pointless.
Argentina is a former colony itself, so throwing around accusations of us being colonisers is a bit stupid. It's a total non-starter for any claim they think they have. Bottom line is, the indigenous people of the islands are and will remain British, such is their choice. They have a vote in March, let's see what they decide they want, hey? And yes, they are indigenous to the islands, being the first permanent human settlers. Anyone who came before was merely temporary, such as whalers and pirates.