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Will Argentina Block Flights To Falklands?

February 1, 2012

Good Lord, the Brits may need to haul Maggie Thatcher back out in public for a scolding of the Argentines.  The 1980’s seem to be having a comeback.  Problem is the Brits are on the wrong side of this issue, and have been for a long time.

At the center of the current blow-up is that British oil companies have demonstrated an interest in oil exploration near the Falklands. Argentina decreed that ships passing through its waters to the islands would require permits.  And then there was Prince William, and the too large of a British warship that is sending a wrong message at this time.  How can so many smart people do so many stupid things?

British officials accuse Argentina of attempting to blockade the Falkland Islands by stopping the only air link to the chain of isles from South America, according to a UK media report.

Argentina’s president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, in the past has threatened to stop the weekly flight from Punta Arenas, Chile, to Port Stanley, the only city in the Falkland Islands. The flight is run by Chilean airline LAN and is a vital economic link to Britons living on the Falklands.

An unnamed senior British diplomat told the Guardian in a story published on Wednesday that the move to stop the flight is likely to come soon. Even if the airline resisted Argentine pressure to ground the flights, Argentina would prohibit use of its airspace, officials said

  1. Craig skip Weis permalink
    February 2, 2012 11:38 AM

    My cousin Janet in California married a retired Irish Navel man who had served honorably in the British Navy and had fought in the Falkland Islands.

    Janet’s husband Danny Tobin was on his ship two days after the sinking of the Argentine cruiser Belgrano.

    Starting on 4-May-1982 the HMS Sheffield took two days to burn and sink after a single hit by a French Exocet missile fired by an Argentine Super Etendard fighter jet manufactured by French manufacturer Avions Marcel Dassault – Breguet Aviation.

    Some 20 British sailors were killed. Interestingly not one sailor during ‘battle stations’ was above the waterline. All were below deck.

    Apparently both Argentina and the U.K. are still sparing over ownership of these islands, but to stop aeroplane traffic from Chile that overflys Argentine airspace, destination Port Stanley, is a bit provocative on the part of Argentina and may endanger the British subjects on the islands by imposing additional hardships.

    Additionally to challenge all ships for a permit [not just British] is not unreasonable by the Argentina as long as all ships are issued permits. I suspect a healthy payment with each permit is involved.

    But the true problem is still over ownership of the islands. Argentina or Brittan? Another war never finished. And then, if oil is discovered, who’s oil is it? I thinking the company that put the effort into finding the crude, owns the crude. And those who did not put the effort into the discovery can only look forward to royalties or leases, but certainly not the whole pie or drilling platform.


  2. February 2, 2012 10:58 AM

    Has anybody read how it was the USS Lexington, an American ship, that expelled the Argentines in 1833 and kicked off this whole affair? See The Malvinas and sovereignty. It is surprising that the US does not support its main ally.

  3. Robert Doyle permalink
    February 2, 2012 6:25 AM

    Britain will win any war against any aggressor violating our sovereignty. Argentina will pose no problems, even if we had no weapons, we have more resolve than these jumped up cowboys who have barely been democratic for as long as a decent mortgage!!!!

  4. Patrick permalink
    February 1, 2012 10:14 PM

    The reality here is that Britain has disarmed itself and should expect to be disrespected in the international community. Everyone knows they would be hard pressed to win another war–so they get pushed around, bullied. It today’s world it is as it always has been–power is power. Sad to see the once proud nation so degraded.

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