Sounds like the Argies need another lesson in marching backwards


The Argies are cutting up rough again after some womble outfit at the?UN went and ignored the wishes of the residents of the Falklands Islands and decreed that the Falklands are part of Argentina.

Former SAS Colonel Tim Collins has a crack at the whole shemozzle.

The assertion by the UN’s Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf that Argentina’s maritime territory should include the Falkland Islands is a bit like Jeremy Corbyn?s assertion that the UK should open negotiations over their fate. It does not matter. It is never going to change anything.

It is frustrating, however, that the UN seeks to breath life into a dormant conflict against a settled, peaceful and democratically content people, in a world where Kim Jong-un threatens nuclear war while the European ideal disappears under a wave of humanity displaced by the brutality of militant Islam. Their migrant columns march only a few hundred miles south of the Ukrainian stand-off where death stalks the front lines.

It is typical of this failed institution. I am hoping that the Prime Minister, leader of one of the permanent five members of the UN Security Council, quietly reminds the UN who is paying for their junkets. If I were he I would be getting tired of their recent assertions that sexism is more “pervasive” and “in your face” in the UK than any other country or that the reform of of housing benefit was an attack on human rights and invite them to focus on the real world ? or do what the US does and simply stop the payments. At the same time I would very publicly ask how Argentine?s contributions were at. I would suspect that they are badly in arrears because Argentina is broke. ?

Indeed, Argentina has gently withered to a shadow of a country thanks to political and financial mismanagement during the Kirchner regime. Drug traffickers from Bolivia and Peru are running their cargoes through the country because the infrequently paid police force is rarely to be seen. The Argentine military is disintegrating.

It was almost exactly a year ago that I wrote a piece in this paper about Buenos Aires being in talks with Vladimir Putin to secure 12 Sukhoi Su-24 “Fencer” bombers, capable of reaching Port Stanley; a clear and aggressive message. That was abandoned. Argentina could not afford it. They opted for a Chinese solution. This was also abandoned due to cost concerns.

In August 2015, the Argentine air force retired its Mirage fighters, with only a handful of them even flyable. The problems don?t stop there: their submarine crews, despite benefiting from a recent upgrade, need at least 190 days of immersion practice, and in 2014 only spent 19 hours submerged. Their four destroyers face a similar situation; they don?t have any weaponry.

Argentine ground forces rarely have the resources for training and are vastly under equipped, their kit dates back to the 70s and is in very short supply.

I had hoped that the election of Maricio Marci as president would hasten a new era of rapprochement in a turbulent world with our one time ally. The signs were good. Now thanks to the flatulent UN we are back to the diplomatic trenches. Do these duffers have nothing better to do?

Sounds like the Argies need another lesson in marching backwards…along with their idiot pals at the UN.

You would have thought, given the Falkland Islanders voted massively to keep the hell out of the clutches of the broke and failing kleptocracy, that the UN might respect their wishes.

There is probably a bit of Colonel Collins and friends who would secretly like to give the Argies another black eye for their years of provocation and lip.


– Telegraph