Britain prepared to fight for the Falklands

6 Jan

Reported in the Telegraph today.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, the Prime Minister said troops would be deployed in the event of another attempt by Buenos Aires to re-take the islands. He made the UK’s “extremely strong” position clear after Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the Argentine president, renewed her accusations that the islands were stolen by Britain. PWRR_2PWRR_Herrick08_Ptl_410px

In an escalation of aggressive rhetoric, she took out advertisements in British newspapers claiming that the islands were forcibly stripped from Argentina in “a blatant exercise of 19th century colonialism”. Her position has hardened since last year’s 30 year anniversary of the Falklands War and the discovery of potential oil resources off the coast of the islands.

Mr Cameron this morning said he would fight to keep the Falklands in the same way Margaret Thatcher launched forces to protect the islanders in 1982. Asked if Britain would defend the islands, he replied: “Of course we would and we have strong defences in place on the Falkland islands, that is absolutely key, that we have fast jets stationed there, we have troops stationed on the Falklands.”

“I get regular reports on this entire issue because I want to know that our defences are strong, our resolve is extremely strong,” he said.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly stressed the right of the Falkland Island residents to decide their own future. Earlier this week, he rejected Argentina’s claims to the Island and said if its inhabitants chose to remain British he would back them “100 per cent”.
“The future of the Falkland Islands should be determined by the Falkland Islanders themselves, the people who live there,” he said, “Whenever they have been asked their opinion, they say they want to maintain their current status with the United Kingdom. They’re holding a referendum this year and I hope the president of Argentina will listen to that referendum and recognise it is for the Falkland Islanders to choose their future, and as long as they choose to stay with the United Kingdom they have my 100 per cent backing.”

Britain’s claim to the Falklands archipelago goes back to 1765.

51 years before Argentina declared its independence from Spain. Argentina has attempted to take the Falkland Islands by force on two previous occasions – 1832 and 1982.



9 Responses to “Britain prepared to fight for the Falklands”

  1. Clematys January 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Get the PM on a battleship and stick him up front and tell him he’ll be the first to fight.

  2. Wayne January 6, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Why is Cameron talking about a war? War won’t lead us nowhere, the argies don’t have a military that could match the falklands garrison, why should he say those things?

    • lordton1955 January 7, 2013 at 1:00 am #

      He was asked whether Britain was prepared to defend. He said that it was. He did not mention war.

  3. Bloke January 7, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    So, how long do you reckon before CFK completes her transformation into Galtieri and comes back for the hattrick?

    I can see another failed invasion attempt by Argentina, more “you are not fighting a Junta, a whole nation is against you” chestbeating followed by a huge riot and the violent overthrow of CFK’s government when the invasion fails a week later.

    After that the usual cycle of whining and playing the victim and acting like none of them supported the invasion anyway. Then a continuance of the claims that Arg just wants “peaceful negotiations”, rinse/repeat ad nauseam.

    Mentally unstable president for a mentally unstable country, seems fitting.

    • Martín Marli January 10, 2013 at 12:53 am #

      Se nota que todavía los señores ingles se creen reyes del mundo. Soy argentino y vivo en Argentina y soy opositor de este gobierno. Argentina no planea ningún ataque no sean ignorantes.

  4. Fernando Aguado January 10, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    Yeah keep throwing money at “the Falklands” you can’t pay your 1 trillion Euro debt anyway, soon enough you’ll be at 2 trillion.

    Your “prime minister” is no less manipulative than CFK.

    • lordton1955 January 10, 2013 at 8:11 am #

      Actually, we’ve been in debt since the 14th Century – it just hasn’t stopped us doing very much 🙂

  5. federico January 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    No hay plazo que no llegue ni tiento que no se corte.We shall return

    • lordton1955 January 11, 2013 at 12:26 am #

      You think that you’ll invade for a third time ??

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