Sunday, June 19, 2011

Falklands: Would word war turn into another armed war?

Oil drilling off the Falklands islands
Let's pause a bit from the Spratlys issue and focus our attention to another territorial dispute.
Argentina's president called the UK "a crass colonial power in decline" because it refuses to discuss the contested South Atlantic archipelago.
It will be recalled that a ten-week Falklands War occurred between the two nations in 1982 where the UK won.
The attached YouTube video shows President Christina Kirchner saying on Thursday, "In the 21st century, [Britain] continues to be a crass colonial power in decline, because colonialism is out of date as well as unjust."
Wait, I had to use a thesaurus to see what "crass" is. Among the many synonyms, "rude" and "stupid" are the most commonly used words.
Like in the case of the South China Sea's Spratlys, oil is the main reason why Buenos Aires and London are in conflict but Al Jazeera said tests have yet to prove that there is enough hydrocarbon supply to justify investment in Islas Malvinas, Falklands' Spanish name.
In reply, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in parliament, "As long as the Falkland Islands want to be sovereign British territory, they should remain sovereign British territory—full stop, end of story."
But the president who is seeking reelection on October dismissed the comment as a manifestation of "mediocrity bordering on stupidity."
She gave a national identity card earlier this week to the son of a Falklands war veteran born there.
With the exchange of strong and undiplomatic words between the two leaders, are we going to see another war?
Watch the attached YouTube video.
Details of this report here.

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