By: Kian Mokhtari
A fresh diplomatic row has erupted between Britain and Argentina over the disputed Islas Malvinas (the Falkland Islands to the Brits) which is claimed as sovereign territory by Buenos Aires and an overseas territory by London.
The Islas Malvinas are situated in the Argentine Sea, a mere 480 km from the coast of Argentina. The Isla Gran Malvina and Isla Soledad or (East Falkland and West Falkland to the Brits) are a “self-governing” overseas territory of the United Kingdom with 776 smaller islands in the archipelago.
They are a “mere” 8000 miles or 12000km from the UK.
Argentina has claimed sovereignty ever since the forceful re-establishment of British rule in 1833. Britain again used force to eject the Argentinean forces from the Islands in 1982, aided by the Reagan administration in the US.
Argentina has enacted a law to define the Malvinas Islands as Argentina's southern-most province. And Britain has predictably rejected the new ruling, saying it has "no doubt" about its own sovereignty over the region. The UK Foreign Office Minister Chris Bryant said in a written statement on Monday, "The UK firmly rejects the enactment and promulgation, on December 9, of Argentine Law 26.552."
In November 2008, Britain rushed through a new constitution for the government of the South Atlantic archipelago aware that its claims of sovereignty over the Malvinas were not going to stick for much longer. The law formally allows the Islas Malvinas to self-govern -BUT- with a British-appointed governor who would have final say in all matters including foreign policy, policing and the administration of justice; not to mention the minor issue of the extraction of plentiful oil and gas resources from the swathe of seabed around the Islands.
Buenos Aires says –quite rightly- that the action is a “violation of Argentine sovereignty and international law” under which Islas Malvinas are designated as occupied territories, because they were occupied by the British forces in 1833.
Last year, the two sides were almost on the verge of another war after both decided to lodge claims to the oil and gas-riches beneath the waves.
Now let’s see the argument from another angle. There are Englishspeaking people in an entire continent called Australia who have wiped out the natives and have claimed the territory for the British crown. The latter action is called genocide and ethnic cleansing in international law. There are Brits nearby in New Zealand who were kind enough to just decimate the natives and claim the territory for the British crown: an action considered at the very least as ethnic cleansing under international law. And then there is Canada in North America which has been cleared of its native inhabitants and claimed for the British Crown; an action again considered genocide and ethnic cleansing under international law.
Such insatiable appetite for land grabs; some may even call it the British brand of greed.
During the 1982 Anglo-Argentine war over the Islands, Britain’s logistic lines were stretched to the very limit and had a single Argentine commander on Isla Soledad not been such a woos (he shall remain unnamed), Buenos Aires could have won the Islas Malvinas back. Even despite the gutless Argentinean commander in question however, Britain would have lost the war without the US support; with an armada of
ships 12000km away from home and the closest British airbase on the Ascension Islands over 3500km away.
But right here and right now we are willing to bet that Britain is going to be able to force its will on Argentina and freeload off the energy reserves on the Malvinas until they run out. However Britain is now neck deep in the war in Afghanistan and another major military confrontation could prove the needle that finally breaks the camel’s back; so to speak.
Time to act for Argentina we believe --The hand of God might be back in play!
Cripple the Complex
By: Kian Mokhtari
The time may have arrived for the Obama administration to come clean about the true state of the US economy. A financial and fiscal system based on stupefying profits obtained through non-stop military conflicts around the world is gearing up once again.
The US military industrial complex has shifted back into action as most other US plans -- initially the Clinton era Middle East smash and grab plans continued through the Bush administration and now the "Obomba" regime— have failed to meet their objectives.
The US dollar's poor performance cannot now be helped by any means, in the short term, other than by massive new weapon sales overseas. This is given the fact that keeping the dollar's artificial value ever since WWII has been based on waging war and feeding the US military Industrial complex with funds, and then feeding the unholy profits of the trade via a pyramid scheme called the fractional reserve system back into the US economy. So to cut a long story short the US dollar is based on military conquest and never ending wars; but we will spare you the yawns of boredom and refrain from further elaboration.
The Anglo-American grab for the Middle East energy resources affair –beginning with the Iraq WMD pretext and subsequent US-led invasions- has turned out to be a very long, drawn out affair and has breached the deadlines set back in 1998, by Bill Clinton's administration to ensure dollar supremacy's longevity.
Remember the 1998 US Cruise missile attacks on an Al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan as well as a simultaneous strike on a so-called chemical weapons factory in Sudan? How about the US reneging on its deal with the Taliban and attempting to forge a new strategic friendship with Ahmad Shah Massoud's Northern Alliance in Afghanistan in 2000, which ultimately led to the 9/11 stunt? They are all parts of the strategy initially formed during Bill Clinton's presidency.
Now, after unsuccessful campaigns in the Middle East and Afghanistan in terms of the rates of attrition of the type of military hardware required, keeping the US military industrial complex in profit, a change of plan is taking place in the US foreign policy.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates has arrived in New Delhi, on direct orders from the US military complex to sell weapons to India. Gates met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, on Tuesday.
This came after reports that he had made the trip to urge India to buy scores of fighter aircraft, as well as other expensive hardware, from US military contractors. The Western media claims that India is expected to become a major customer for the US military-industrial complex over the next few years. But then again the Western media does talk a lot of bull.
India has highly sensitive joint military projects going on with Russia. Russia and India agreed in early 2007 to jointly study and develop a Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft Program (FGFA). The aircraft in question is nearing production and will most certainly enter service by the end of 2010.
Then there is the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It is also a joint venture between India's Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroeyenia who have together formed the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited. It travels at speeds of Mach 2.5 to 2.8 and is the world's fastest cruise missile. It is about three-and-a-half times faster than the US' subsonic Harpoon cruise missile and has twice the range.
Now Moscow might have a thing or two to say about the Indian transfer of Russian aeronautics technology to the US. Russian aeronautic designers and engineers are universally believed to be years ahead of their Western counterparts, a fact demonstrated by the BrahMos missile's unequalled capabilities.
This is while a Lebanese Member of Parliament, Hassan Fadhl-Allah has warned such repetitive footwork by the US gun dealers to the region is not in the regional countries' interests. Fadhl-Allah was actually referring to the unusually regular visits by the US figures to Beirut lately, but his comments were timed –strangely enough- to coincide with Robert Gate's arrival in India.
Do you catch the drift or shall we draw you a map?