The Falklands

Richard Stanbery

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Jan 2009
8,298
Tennessee
Human nature really, although if we're going back as far as 1066 then that means you have to be nice to your French cousins too :D
We Americans try not to talk about some of our ancient British relatives ratling around in the family closet. Some of the deeds they did were, well, not fitting subjects for the afternoon tea. You know, like that Thomas Becket thing.

Best to leave some ancestors in the closet. ;)
 

Linschoten

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Aug 2010
16,411
Welsh Marches
My family came over with the Normans, so I'm afraid we may have been charging up against that shield wall!
 

Richard Stanbery

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Jan 2009
8,298
Tennessee
My family came over with the Normans, so I'm afraid we may have been charging up against that shield wall!
Well, we all probably had fathers on both sides that day.

October is a strange month for our Anglo-American family, anyway. No wonder we set it for Halloween?
 

Azn

Dec 2010
6
To tell you the truth, the Falklands has no economic value and is of little strategic value. The reason that the Falklands seem so important is because it was and still is a British colony, in fact the last in the world. The Argentinians viewed the island as rightfully theirs since when you look at a map the Falklands are right off mainland Argentina, in fact 250 miles off of Argentina and 7700 miles away from UK.
 
Oct 2010
114
UK, Scotland
To tell you the truth, the Falklands has no economic value and is of little strategic value. The reason that the Falklands seem so important is because it was and still is a British colony, in fact the last in the world. The Argentinians viewed the island as rightfully theirs since when you look at a map the Falklands are right off mainland Argentina, in fact 250 miles off of Argentina and 7700 miles away from UK.
Frankly, if Argentina had waited a few more years they would have the damned windy rocks by now.

The long term damage of choosing to invade cannot be overstated, the islands went from an unknown handful of rocks and shepards to a point of national honour. No government would survive handing them over now and we spend an awful lot of money and manpower defending them from a highly unlikely second invasion.

Oh and we still have thirteen other [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Overseas_Territories"]Overseas Territories[/ame] lying around the globe. You never know when you might need a handy island or a chunk of the Antarctic...
 
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Naomasa298

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Apr 2010
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T'Republic of Yorkshire
To tell you the truth, the Falklands has no economic value and is of little strategic value. The reason that the Falklands seem so important is because it was and still is a British colony, in fact the last in the world. The Argentinians viewed the island as rightfully theirs since when you look at a map the Falklands are right off mainland Argentina, in fact 250 miles off of Argentina and 7700 miles away from UK.
Not entirely. A company called Rockhopper Exploration recently made a commerical oil discovery in the North Falklands Basin. Other wells drilled in the area have so far been a failure, despite earlier optimism that several billion barrels may be in the area.

And as Hawkin says, there are still other British overseas territories. Gibraltar and Bermuda spring to mind, both of which are more populous than the Falklands.
 

jegates

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Dec 2010
4,421
OH to VA back to OH
Britain has earned kind of a reputation with Americans of starting wars that we wind up getting involved in (WWI and WWII).
The British "started" WWI and WWII?? Or, are you just saying they became "involved" in them, so the US jumped in to help?

Sorry, just confused about that statement.
 

Naomasa298

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Apr 2010
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T'Republic of Yorkshire
The British "started" WWI and WWII?? Or, are you just saying they became "involved" in them, so the US jumped in to help?

Sorry, just confused about that statement.
Of course. We should never have gotten involved in these continental wars and not dragged our American cousins into them, and let Hitler run riot.

Would've at least kept Stalin busy.
 

royal744

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Jul 2013
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San Antonio, Tx
To tell you the truth, the Falklands has no economic value and is of little strategic value. The reason that the Falklands seem so important is because it was and still is a British colony, in fact the last in the world. The Argentinians viewed the island as rightfully theirs since when you look at a map the Falklands are right off mainland Argentina, in fact 250 miles off of Argentina and 7700 miles away from UK.

Looking at a map doesn't mean a damned thing. Are you familiar with the French Islands of St Pierre & Miquelon? Guess where they are? Yeah, thet're at the mouth of the St Lawrence Seaway between Canada and the US. Neither country has invaded them. Good manners, one supposes.
 
Apr 2010
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evergreen state, USA
It looks to me the the Falklands are more important than just about rights of the inhabitants. It's a matter of empire. The Falkland Island Dependency, or whatever the official title is, covers a large territory, including South Georgia Island, hovering over a British claim to a chunk of Antarctica some time in the future. It would offer a base of operations for Antarctic activities by the British.