"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 10 June 2011

US Renews Argentina Support

On 7th June, the US was a signatory to the OAS declaration on the Falklands Islands, or, as the Obama administration prefers to call them, the Malvinas.



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So much for a UK/US relationship which we're told is not only "special" but "essential". Obama and his wife were only too happy to avail themselves of the lavish British hospitality shown to them on their recent State visit. Members of Parliament & journos fawned over him in an embarrassing spectacle after his speech in Westminster Hall - an honour given to few world leaders - each wanting to 'touch the hem of his garment'.

The Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands has responded to the OAS document:
“The people of the Falkland Islands have a right to self-determination, enshrined in international law.  We fully support the UK government’s current resolute position, which confirms that the issue of sovereignty is non-negotiable”.
I wonder what part of that Obama doesn't understand.

As for Cameron and this government's deliberate policy of trashing of our Armed Forces -   the government is letting down all the brave hearts who currently serve.  Not one aircraft carrier do we have.  Our country has never been as weak in defence - I think you have to go back to the 17thC to find a comparable situation with such reduced financial resources and lack of equipment to support our troops.

It's ironic that this should happen one week before the 29th anniversary of the Argentinian surrender on 14th June 1982.


Further reading:
1982 timeline
Personal recollections



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