30 Years – A Time to Remember

2 Apr

30 years ago, Argentina put into operation its plan to seize the British Falkland Islands by force and hold them against the wishes of both the Falkland Islanders and the British people. A naked act of aggression in defiance of a United Nations Resolution requesting dialogue.

In the early hours of April 2nd, 1982, Argentine special forces landed and attacked the local barracks at Moody Brook in an attempt to eliminate the few defenders, a detachment of Royal Marines. They failed as the barracks were empty, with the Marines already deployed around the Island’s Capital, Stanley. Backed up by regular troops the invasion force quickly over-ran the town and the Governor was forced to surrender whilst a separate engagement was taking place on South Georgia, where the defenders, few in number, fought as valiantly as those in Stanley.

A naked act of aggression celebrated by Argentines dancing in the streets of Buenos Aires.

74 days later the Falkland Islands were once again in British hands but nearly 1000 young men were dead, together with 3 civilian Islanders.

30 years later, Argentina believes that it can now achieve through a blockade, what it failed to achieve in 1982. Another act of aggression. Argentina did not repent after 1982. Argentina did not apologise after 1982. Argentina has not changed since 1982.

There was no need for the 1982 Falklands War, fuelled only by Argentine greed and an erroneous view of history. The Falkland Islands have been British sovereign territory since 1765, long before Argentina existed in any sense of the word. The British people did the right thing in reclaiming is overseas territory and are rightfully proud of the men that got those Islands back. The British people would do it again.

We may eventually forgive, but we should never forget what Argentina did.

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2 Responses to “30 Years – A Time to Remember”

  1. Jim McBride - iowastate@mac.com September 12, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    The British stole the Islands when they were a colonial power and kicked the Argentines out by force which is what gives them their “right” to speak from a position of moral superiority?
    They violated the U.N. resolutions regarding this location and refuse to speak about it but sure to whing a lot. However when another nation dares to ignore a U.N. resolution they sure do yell loudly. They are one of the first in their screaming when Israel is defending theirselves.

    • lordton1955 September 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      Wrong! The British did NOT steal the Falklands. They were British from 1765. No theft at all. The Spanish had a claim to Soledad. The Spanish did not object in 1833 and recognised British Sovereignty in 1863. Argentina was never in the game !

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