Grand Theft Las Malvinas
By: Kian Mokhtari
Yet another diplomatic row has erupted between Argentina and Britain over the disputed Islas Malvinas which is claimed as sovereign territory by Buenos Aires and an overseas territory by London.
Britain's 'Desire Petroleum' has begun drilling the first well in the Malvinas, causing an outcry in Argentina.
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez, whose country has claimed the South Atlantic islands since Britain occupied the archipelago in 1833, says Latin American leaders back her objections to the UK exploration off the Malvinas -known in English as the Falkland Islands.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has already said, "British sovereignty in respect of the Falklands is absolutely clear in international law ... There is no question about it…the exploration that is going on off the Falklands...is fully within international law, fully based on precedent."
But the UN begs to differ with British protestations because unless evidence has been falsified again to vilify yet another nation by the British politicians, the UN still classes the archipelago as occupied territory and does not recognize British sovereignty in any way, shape or form.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has weighed in and said his country supports Argentina unconditionally. He said at a regional summit in Mexico, "That sea and that land belong to Argentina and to Latin America."
The regional summit of 32 leaders in Cancun, Mexico has decided to create a new regional bloc that excludes the US and Canada. The new block is to serve as an alternative to the Organization of American States (OAS), which has seen Washington and Ottawa keep Latin America under their heavy-handed control for over 50 years.
The latter development will leave a lasting mark on what many Latin Americans protest as unpopular British policies shoved down their throats for centuries. Fortunately, with the new Latin American bloc forming, Argentina is no longer alone in facing a venomous adversary like Britain.
It is difficult to imagine that Britain can claim a territory 12,000 kilometers away and proceed to rape its resources while the archipelago's rightful owner looks on in disdain. But the weakness and lack of international cohesion over the last two centuries have provided countries like Britain and the US with ample opportunity to do what they please.
We oppose the state sponsored terrorism of Britain, the US and the illegal Zionist entity in our region with the same fervor that Argentineans and Latin Americans reject unlawful grand thefts of their resources in their continent.
Milibands, Browns and suchlike dubious greasy characters no longer fool anyone with their jest and fancy. If Latin America is serious about coming together they must unite to wrestle back Argentina's sovereign territory from illegal occupation and exploitation of its resources by Britain. If required, London must be "shaken and stirred" out of its Imperialist ambitions once and for all.
But the struggle will not be painless given, the nature of Anglo-American regimes are relevant to WMD and terrorism.
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!