Wednesday, 10 March 2010


“Get out of there, give the Malvinas
back to the Argentine
Enough already with the empire.”

Telegraph blog

It’s rather pathetic when a Third World dictator starts
ranting and raving like a caricature villain from a Bond
movie circa 1973. Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s
tedious Mini-Me in Latin America, has been raging against
British rule over the Falklands, in a show of solidarity
with the Peronist regime in Argentina. In a rather
hysterical televised speech worthy of Saddam himself, the
Butcher of Caracas and prominent state sponsor of terrorism
declared yesterday:

“The British are desperate for oil since their own fields
in the North Sea are now being depleted. When will England
stop breaking international law? Return the Malvinas to
Argentina!… The English are desperate, the Yankees are
desperate and here we have the biggest petroleum reserves
in the world.”

He’s also quoted by The Washington Post as saying:

“Get out of there, give the Malvinas back to the Argentine
people. Enough already with the empire.”

Of course this is not the first time Tehran’s little helper
has lectured London on the Falklands. Back in 2007, he
called for revenge against Britain for the Falklands War,
and boasted that he would use Russian and Iranian weapons
against the British if another task force was sent to the
South Atlantic, stating:

“If we had been united in the last war, we could have
stopped the old empire. Today we could sink the British

Chavez also threatened revenge for the sinking of the
Belgrano, and declared that British history was “stained
with the blood of South America’s indigenous people”.

In 2006, he said more of the same:

“We have to remember the Malvinas; how they were taken away
from the Argentines. Mr Blair, return the Malvinas to
Argentina… Do you think we still live in the times of the
British Empire or colonialism?”

In case Hugo Chavez hasn’t noticed, almost every inhabitant
of the Falkland Islands is British, and wants to remain
British. They have no wish to be governed by the yoke of
Argentina or bullied by the likes of madmen like Chavez.
They are our kith and kin and will not be left at the mercy
of foreign powers. An attack on the Falklands is no
different to an attack on the British mainland.

As I wrote earlier this week, Great Britain must be
prepared to defend the Falklands with full military force.
There are clear signs that both the current British
government and its likely successor will do so if a
threatened Argentine blockade of the islands is actually
implemented. The British Army may well be engaged in a huge
war in Afghanistan, but the resources of the Royal Navy
remain largely available for a major operation on the other
side of the world. Great Britain remains a formidable
maritime power, despite the defence cuts of the Labour
government, and its naval prowess is second only to that of
the United States and Russia.

If the Argentine regime does decide to pick a fight it will
be emphatically defeated, just as its predecessor was in
1982. And if Hugo Chavez is foolish enough to join them,
his dictatorship will share the same fate. Perhaps Chavez
will go the same way of General Galtieri, ending up on the
scrapheap of history. He should think about that before
embarking on another round of pitiful sabre-rattling.

And then they complain Obama and
Hilary are not supporting them

Telegraph blog

The transcript of Hillary Clinton’s press conference in
Buenos Aires with Argentine President Kristina Kirchner
last night, has just been released by the State Department,
and it is a real eye-opener. Her remarks represent an
astonishing propaganda coup for the Peronist regime in its
dispute with Britain over the Falklands, with Washington
brazenly backing its position.

Here’s a snippet:

QUESTION: (In Spanish) And for the Secretary, it’s about
the Falklands. The – President Fernandez talked about
possible friendly mediation. Would the U.S. be considered –
would the U.S. (inaudible) consider some kind of mediation
role between the UK and Argentina over the Falklands? Thank

PRESIDENT DE KIRCHNER: (Via interpreter) (Inaudible) what
we have (inaudible) by both countries as a friendly country
of both Argentina and the UK, so as to get both countries
to sit down at the table and address these negotiations
within the framework of the UN resolutions strictly. We do
not want to move away from that in any letter whatsoever,
any comma, of what has been stated by dozens of UN
resolutions and resolutions by its decolonization
committee. That’s the only thing we’ve asked for, just to
have them sit down at the table and negotiate. I don’t
think that’s too much, really, in a very conflicted and
controversial world, complex in terms.

SECRETARY CLINTON: And we agree. We would like to see
Argentina and the United Kingdom sit down and resolve the
issues between them across the table in a peaceful,
productive way.

And another:

QUESTION: (In Spanish) Interpreter: The journalist was just
asking how the U.S. intends to negotiate to get the United
Kingdom to sit at the table and address the Malvinas issue.

SECRETARY CLINTON: As to the first point, we want very much
to encourage both countries to sit down. Now, we cannot
make either one do so, but we think it is the right way to
proceed. So we will be saying this publicly, as I have
been, and we will continue to encourage exactly the kind of
discussion across the table that needs to take place.

Hillary Clinton’s statements at this press conference are
highly significant, as they demonstrate a clear shift in US
policy from neutrality (last week’s position) towards
siding with the Argentine position of pressing for
negotiations over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands
at the United Nations.

The Secretary of State, a highly skilled political
operator, knows exactly what she is doing here. She is
giving her full support for the official stance of Buenos
Aires, despite the fact that Great Britain has made it
clear that the sovereignty of the Falklands is
non-negotiable. She makes no reference at all to the fact
that Argentina recently threatened a blockade of the
Falklands, or that its close ally Venezuela has been
threatening war against Britain.

Hillary Clinton’s dire performance in Buenos Aires was not
only an appalling display of appeasement towards a corrupt
and authoritarian anti-American regime, which barely has
the support of 20 percent of the Argentinian people. It was
also an astonishing betrayal of the United Kingdom by her
closest ally, and yet another slap in the face for Britain
from the Obama administration.

Clinton has demonstrated, not the first time, strikingly
poor judgment as Secretary of State. While currying favour
with a third rate kleptocracy in Latin America, she is
alienating America’s most loyal and valuable friend at a
critically important time. She also underestimates the
resolve of the British people, who will never negotiate the
future of the Falkland Islands. If the Argentines want the
Falklands they will have to fight for them, and if they
choose to do so they will be emphatically defeated, just as
they were in 1982. Hillary Clinton can cry for Argentina if
she wants to, but the Falklands will be forever British.

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