Looks like the Argies are shaping for a slapping again

The last time the Argies got all septic over the Falkland Islands they got a shellacking they shouldn’t have forgotten. It seems they are slow learners with the President declaring the Royal Navy as pirates and accused the British government of behaving like an imperial power with regard to the Falkland Islands.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner used Twitter, the micro-blogging website, to sharply criticise plans by the Ministry of Defence to carry out military tests in the region. In a series of frank postings on her official Twitter account, she announced that Argentina had complained to the United Nations about Britain’s “militarisation of the South Atlantic”.

“Typical nineteenth century colonialism. Anachronistic use of force in violation of international law. They do not care. A clear example of double standards.”

Mrs Kirchner then promised to summon the British ambassador, Shan Morgan, and said: “Conclusion … pirates for ever?”

Her postings were erased, but not before they had been re-posted by hundreds of other Twitter users, many of them Argentines who enthusiastically endorsed the remarks.

The Twitter posts threaten to increase tension between the two countries at a time when British companies are beginning to explore for oil and gas in the region. Last week, in what is thought to have been the first incident of its kind in four years, an Argentine military ship confronted a trawler from the Falklands and accused it of fishing illegally. The Argentine crew contacted the fishermen, who were several miles inside Falklands waters, and demanded their details. The boat, from Port Stanley, eventually moved away.

Uhmmm…the last time Argentina tried to send a ship to take on the Royal Navy, the General Belgrano crew members got a ride home via a British Submarine.

Mrs Kirchner has previously pledged an “eternal fight” to claim the Falklands Islands, which are known to Argentines as Las Malvinas. However she later ruled out the use of force to take the islands, which were briefly under the control of the then-ruling Argentine military junta in 1982. Britain sent a naval force and thousands of troops to reclaim the islands and there is a permanent British military presence on the islands, with 1,076 troops and four ships stationed in the region.

Recent tests indicated that there could be about 700 million barrels worth of crude oil under the ocean around the Falklands, which could be worth about £3 billion.

An official statement later released by Mrs Kirchner’s office said: “The Argentine Government reiterates that the Malvinas, Georgias and South Sandwich Islands, part of the Argentine Republic and unlawfully occupied by the United Kingdom, are in dispute, which is recognised by the United Nations and other international organisations.”

They must have rebuilt their army, air force and navy after the last outing in roder to appear so bellicose again. Saber rattling isn’t that funny especially when you are doing it against a country that has battle hardened troops still at war, and Argentinas troops hardest mission since 1982 has been pounding the pavement at the barracks.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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