Lately, I've been reading various articles on Argentina and their government's recent attempts to claim the Falkland Islands once again. Being an American who a) was born after the last Falklands showdown and b) isn't a Brit, I'm interested in what the British gents on this forum think about Argentina and the Falkland Islands. Do you think the British government will show Argentina who's boss this time around? Or is Argentina going to get their way?
did anyone read Raymond Briggs the tin pot general anf the Iron Lady?
I think that like David Camaron has said, it's up to the Falklanders. they are having a referendum soon to decide what they want to do and Britain will surport them either way.
There is only one fact for sure: the British army is nowhere as strong as It was at the time of the Falkland War.
As far as I see things it's up to the islanders to decide what goes on on their shores and who is in charge. If they want to remain British, then so be it and if they want independence then thats fine too.
It's a long way from London to Stanley but if they do find viable oil reserves then Britain will be trying hold onto the Falklands with everything they have.
Also, there is no way the British Merchant Navy can support a campaign like they did in the last conflict. We don't have the tonnage and we don't have the crews.
"Also, there is no way the British Merchant Navy can support a campaign like they did in the last conflict. We don't have the tonnage and we don't have the crews."
Indeed, I think if Argentina goes for it, the Brits won't be able to hold them or take them back. I would submit as evidence, the fact that the combined might of Britain, Italy and France failed to bring Libya to its knees, and had to rely completely on the US to do the work. Argentina is much larger, has more depth, a stronger economy and a far superior military that is not fighting a Civil War. I think unless the Brits get us Americans involved, it would look bleak. That said, I support the British claim to the Falklands. (and I'm pretty much a "no more war" kind of guy.
Our armed forces of the future will be made of up of more reservists than present and we are building a new aircraft carrier without any aircraft to land on it. It would be tough to win another war down there to say the least. I don't know what public support would be for it either.