One of my earliest memories is of listening to BBC broadcasts about the Falklands War while holidaying in the south of France, so it’s entirely possible that my thoughts on the dispute are hopelessly tainted by childhood-bred jingoism. Also, there’s the Maradona incident of 1986.
But still, possession is 9/10 of the law and 9/10 of the other tenth comes from winning a war to repel an illegal invasion of said possession. I’m with Hugo Rifkind:
Honestly, where do you people get off calling us colonialists? Generally speaking, we gave our empire back. You moved to yours, and then basically killed everybody. Forgive me, but I just don’t see how this puts you in a morally superior position.
Another thing: I’ve long thought that the Brits would sour on Obama. Well, America’s refusal to immediately put the smack on Buenos Aires over this is another reminder that Mr. Obama is not on “our side.” Nothing new there, I suppose. After all, back in 1982, the US took a lot of persuading to allow British jets to use its runway on Ascension Island.
Ascension Island is British.