Yes indeed, it belongs to the UK. The only claim is proximity, So by that logic...Greece should go back to the Turks, being part of the Ottoman Empire once (and on the doorstep of the Turks), where does the claims end for proximity? They'res no logic i'm afraid my friend. Just stupidity. If the inhabitants choose to remain British, then they do. And Argentina will have to learn to accept that, and not use it as an excuse to distract from internal problems.Just because no one else is living there doesn't mean it doesn't belong to someone.
I think the problem with Sultan's view in equating the Israeli Settlements to British control of the Falklands is the obvious one: there is general international and legal consensus that the Israeli Settlements are illegal and must be withdrawn, and there is no such consensus concerning the Falklands (indeed that view would be limited to Argentina - even their allies do not propose evacuating the Falklands of its inhabitants).
Though i agree with you... Penguins in the Illiad would that certainly add a twist to the epic. stop it being so dry . Also they'd make a better more accurate movie version than Brad Pitt...
Last edited by Dante Von Hespburg; February 25, 2013 at 04:26 AM.
Interesting article from yesterday's Sunday Telegraph. I'll admit to having a little chuckle when I read the bit about her not being able to take her presidential jet on a foreign trip because it might be seized by creditors.
Last edited by Pielstick; February 25, 2013 at 05:44 AM.
The British PM doesn't have an official jet. They always charter a British Airways aircraft instead. There was talk some years ago of Tony Blair getting a dedicated jet, which was immediately labelled "Blair Force One" by the press and the idea was quietly dropped.
The RAF has a "Royal Squadron" which has a few small jets (BAe146/Avro RJ types) which are used by the Royal Family, however this squadron is currently flying a lot in Afghanistan on other duties.
Last edited by Pielstick; February 25, 2013 at 08:10 AM.
On his visit to London yesterday Kerry maintained the White House’s strictly neutral policy on the Falklands:
You would have thought the Americans would think that self-determination was a self-evident unalienable right endowed by the creator. Given the Declaration of Independence and all.First of all, I’m not going to comment, nor is the president, on a referendum that has yet to take place, which hasn’t taken place. Our position on the Falklands has not changed. The United States recognises de facto UK administration of the Islands, but takes no position on the question of the parties’ sovereignty claims thereto.
We support cooperation between the UK and Argentina on practical matters and we continue to urge a peaceful resolution of that issue.
It seems a bit odd for the leader of the free world and an American to sit on the fence on this issue.
The special relationship is all one way. The UK does whatever pleases the US, and the US does whatever pleases the US too.
“Cretans, always liars” Epimenides (of Crete)
Because it doesn't particularly want to piss off the entirety of South America.
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The US is evangelical about democracy everywhere in the world except in as much as it applies to the democratic will of the residents of the Falklands. Their official support would lose them nothing. The only South American countries that are buddies with Argentina: Venezuela and Cuba, don’t even return Obama’s phone calls.
What does unofficial support even mean?
It’s like having sex with ugly fat girls and then pretending you don’t know them in public.
I know you know what I’m talking about.
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Unofficial support, as in:
The United States was concerned by the prospect of Argentina turning to the Soviet Union for support, and initially tried to mediate an end to the conflict. However, when Argentina refused the U.S. peace overtures, U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig announced that the United States would prohibit arms sales to Argentina and provide material support for British operations. Both Houses of the U.S. Congress passed resolutions supporting the U.S. action siding with the United Kingdom.
The U.S. provided the United Kingdom with military equipment ranging from submarine detectors to the latest missiles. President Ronald Reagan approved the Royal Navy's request to borrow the Sea Harrier-capable amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) if the British lost an aircraft carrier. The United States Navy developed a plan to help the British man the ship with American military contractors, likely retired sailors with knowledge of the Iwo Jima's systems.
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