Grand Theft Las Malvinas

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 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.

Not anymore.

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.



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