Argentina’s Big Lie

11 May

” … in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying. – Adolf Hitler

Definition of doublethink: “To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed…. – George Orwell


The ‘big lie’ is a recognised technique of propaganda. The idea that if you say something loud enough and often enough then the truth of the matter gets lost and only the lie is remembered. Argentina has a big lie. It is that the British forcibly removed a settled and legitimate Argentine population from the Falkland Islands in January of 1833.

This lie is repeated at every opportunity; every diplomatic meeting; every conference; every press opportunity; every Treaty negotiation. Loud and often, and on the specific order of Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Yesterday her Defence Minister was repeating the lie to those at the Unasur headquarters, in June, her Foreign Minister will do the same at the United Nations, unless the President herself wishes to claim the limelight. Loud and often.

It doesn’t matter that the British got to the Falkland Islands in 1765, some 51 years before Argentina declared its independence from the Spanish Empire. It doesn’t matter that Britain and Spain came close to war over them in 1770 or that Spain lost that diplomatic tussle. It doesn’t matter that Spain maintained her claim in the face of the British until 1863, 30 years after a small British force had ejected a trespassing and mutinous garrison sent from Buenos Aires to stake Argentina’s claim. It doesn’t matter that Britain warned the Government in Buenos Aires to stay away in 1829, clearly identifying that Britain held sovereignty.

Argentina’s big lie gets repeated. Loudly. To all who will listen, and often to those that don’t.

The Falkland Islanders’ do not matter and the truth must be sacrificed.

All for Argentina’s BIG LIE.


Falklands News returns tomorrow.


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