Snub or Climb-down

24 Jul

Argentina has announced that its President, Cristina Kirchner, will not be attending the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

While a report in todays ‘Independent’ newspaper calls this a snub, the ‘Telegraph’ refers to it as an embarrassing climb-down following the warnings issued by the International Olympic Committee about Argentina’s behaviour at the Games. The IOC has sought reassurances on this as recently as this week.

The Telegraph blog refers to Mrs. Kirchner as a; “..recklessly demagogic Latin American leader who has become a major liability to her own country,” and adds; “It is doubtful that anyone in London will miss the presence of the volatile Cristina Kirchner, whose mounting threats and sabre-rattling over the Falklands have become a national embarrassment for Argentina.”

With 2012 being the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War in 1982 when a British force ejected Argentina’s armed forces from the BRitish archipelago, temperatures have been running high.

Argentina spuriously accuses Britain of having seized the Falkland Islands from them in 1833, even though the British claim goes back to 1765. What really happened was that the pretensions of Buenos Aires to the Islands became known in 1829 and Argentina was given a diplomatic warning to stay away from the British territory. They ignored this, and in 1832, sent an armed garrison to seize control. The Royal Navy sent two ships who suggested that the garrison leave. They did so without bloodshed. Argentina tried for the second time in 1982, and as a result, nearly 1000 young soldiers, sailors and airmen lost their lives.

The Telegraph is correct. Kirchner will not be missed.

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