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Falkland Islanders are like West Bank settlers: Argentine FM


Iphonista

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Well, there's something here for everyone in the house. The Argentinian Foreign Minister has pulled out of talks with the British Foreign Secretary after the British insisted that representatives from the Falklands Islands should be there.

Later, when one of these representatives tried to speak with Senor Timerman, he received the brush-off. Later, Timerman drew parallels between Britain's policy regarding "Las Malvinas" and Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Of course, the comparison is nonsense. Were the ancestors of the Falkland Islanders living there 2,000 years ago? I think not. Not unless they're descendants of penguins.

That's not to say that the current occupiers of Las Malvinas should return home to the UK. But I do think that the Argies have a claim on some of the oil revenues.

Argentina's foreign minister refuses to speak to Falkland Islander - Telegraph
 


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The British should just tell the Argies to "fukkk off" and be done with it. The soviets wouldn't be pussy footing around with ludicrous nutters like Senor Timerman and the Argentinian government.
 

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The British should just tell the Argies to "fukkk off" and be done with it. The soviets wouldn't be pussy footing around with ludicrous nutters like Senor Timerman and the Argentinian government.
What if the Argentinians has seized, say, the Shetlands in 1833 and still held them? Should they tell the British to eff off if London wanted the islands back?
 

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Can't help but thinking that the Argies would have had the Malvinas years ago had they not invaded. Now that blood has been spilled, it makes it much more difficult.
 

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What if the Argentinians has seized, say, the Shetlands in 1833 and still held them? Should they tell the British to eff off if London wanted the islands back?
Do the people of the Shetlands want to be Argentinean? How can I answer such a hypothetical question honestly? The Falklands are British but more importantly, the people who actually live on the Falklands want to remain British. End of story.
 

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Give the islands to the Dutch because the first confirmed sighting of the islands was Sebald de Weert in 1600. The islands were called the Sebalds until the 19th century on Dutch maps.
 

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Give the islands to the Dutch because the first confirmed sighting of the islands was Sebald de Weert in 1600. The islands were called the Sebalds until the 19th century on Dutch maps.
I'd seriously doubt that the Dutch would want to get involved.
 

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Do the people of the Shetlands want to be Argentinean? How can I answer such a hypothetical question honestly? The Falklands are British but more importantly, the people who actually live on the Falklands want to remain British. End of story.
Well, an unstated implication of my hypothetical question was that the Argentinians would have brought in their own people. So it would be their descendants living there now.
 

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Well, there's something here for everyone in the house. The Argentinian Foreign Minister has pulled out of talks with the British Foreign Secretary after the British insisted that representatives from the Falklands Islands should be there.

Later, when one of these representatives tried to speak with Senor Timerman, he received the brush-off. Later, Timerman drew parallels between Britain's policy regarding "Las Malvinas" and Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Of course, the comparison is nonsense. Were the ancestors of the Falkland Islanders living there 2,000 years ago? I think not. Not unless they're descendants of penguins.

That's not to say that the current occupiers of Las Malvinas should return home to the UK. But I do think that the Argies have a claim on some of the oil revenues.

Argentina's foreign minister refuses to speak to Falkland Islander - Telegraph
Why does Argentina have such a claim? It is not part of their country.

And I think the Argentinians are being really petty by not speaking to the Falkland Islanders. The Argentinians are telling them that they are really nothing, have no say. Is this how the Falklanders would be treated if they became Argentine citizens?
 

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Plus life on the falklands is tough enough without having to learn Dutch......
And it's far too cold for tulips.
 

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Argentina is going through an economic crisis. Excessive money printing by the central bank has pushed inflation up towards 30%. They need a distraction- this is it.
 
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Argentina is going through an economic crisis. Excessive money printing by the central bank has pushed inflation up towards 30%. They need a distraction- this is it.

Thank You!!

Kirschner is appealing to Argentine nationalism - and stirring up a hornet's nest in an effort to distract attention away from the economy.
 

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This is the second dig at the Jews this government has made. The first was inviting Iran to an enquiry about the bomb blast which killed many Jews some years ago, and which the previous government had found Iran was behind. The Mengeles must be coming out of the Argentinian jungle.
 

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Thank You!!

Kirschner is appealing to Argentine nationalism - and stirring up a hornet's nest in an effort to distract attention away from the economy.
What?! Someone waging war in order to take people's attention off from domestic problems?

Ridiculous accusation!
 

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What?! Someone waging war in order to take people's attention off from domestic problems?

Ridiculous accusation!
And one that gets thrown around rather too lightly. I recall the British saying the same in 1982. Gosh, the French economy is in trouble right now. Is that why they're in Mali or does this question only get asked about countries that aren't in Europe or North America?
 

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Why does Argentina have such a claim? It is not part of their country.

And I think the Argentinians are being really petty by not speaking to the Falkland Islanders. The Argentinians are telling them that they are really nothing, have no say. Is this how the Falklanders would be treated if they became Argentine citizens?
They do have a point in that the settlement raises issues over natural reserve rights. England intends to exploit the oil reserves but geographically are half way across the world. I would imagine giving up the oil rights would resolve the problem but the initial conflict was started to gain support for the Argentine government.
The bigger question is can England afford this conflict and will the US back them up.
 

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