I see from the pictures published in the press that this woman’s lips are thicker than ever, inflated by her addiction to Botox. I think it may have begun to affect her intellect, which is thick and getting thicker. Is there any point, I wonder, in teaching monkeys history? But for those a fraction more perceptive than Madame Botox, which I think will be just about everyone who stumbles this way, let me explain the simple facts.
Kirchner claims that “the Argentines on the
Islands were expelled by the Royal Navy.” It’s
rubbish. To begin with the islands were barely inhabited in 1833.
The few ‘Argentines’ on the islands were allowed to remain. In fact it
was the remnants of a party led there in 1826 by one Louis Vernet, a merchant
of Franco-German origin who came with a mandate from Buenos Aires. The ‘Argentines’ in
question consisted of Vernet’s family and about forty English and German
Let the facts bite even deeper:
Argentina, as we know it today, did
not exist in 1833. The country was then called the United Provinces of
the River Plate. It was only after it began the bloody conquest of Patagonia, an exercise know as the Conquest of the
Desert, that the present name was assumed. That same conquest,
incidentally, of a desert that was not a desert, was based on the wholesale
extirpation of the indigenous inhabitants. This is something that
Kirchner may call to mind when she drones on about ‘colonialism.’
The 1850 Convention of Settlement, also known as the Arana-Southern Treaty, regulating relations between
and Argentina, effectively
ended that latter’s claim to the Falklands.
At the time Lord Palmerston, the British Foreign Secretary, said;
… a claim had been made many years ago, on the part of Buenos Ayres, to the
Falkland Islands, and had
been resisted by the British Government. Great
Britain had always disputed and denied the claim of Spain to the Falkland Islands, and she was not
therefore willing to yield to Buenos Ayres what had been refused to Spain. 10 or 12
years ago the Falkland Islands, having been unoccupied for some time, were
taken possession of by Great Britain, and a settlement had ever since been
maintained there; and he thought it would be most unadvisable to revive a
correspondence which had ceased by the acquiescence of one party and the
maintenance of the other.
So that, as they say, is that. All Argentine protests were dropped. The diplomatic realities were acknowledged by the Argentine leaders in their Messages to Congress in the 1850s. The
were not mentioned again for another ninety odd years in Congress, not until
1941, to be precise.
It’s also worth noting that the issue has come to the surface in the modern age, a continuing diversion away from
internal problems. This is a nation that, unable to cope with itself, was
continually beguiled by demagogues: military dictatorship at one turn, outright
fascism at the next. Britain,
in resisting the invasion of the Falklands in
1982, at least saved that benighted country from its own political
There are bigger issues here going beyond arcane matters of diplomatic history. Kirchner talks of ‘colonialism’, seemingly without having the first idea what the word and the practice means. The Falklands, as the Foreign Office pointed out, are not a ‘colony’ but a self-governing
Overseas Territory Islands have their own government and the
three thousand odd inhabitants a complete right to self-destination.
This March the Falklanders will be asked in a referendum if they wish to continue their present status as an
Personally speaking I would offer them a further choice – full political union
with the Overseas Territory United Kingdom, in
the same fashion as some of the departments of France
located in the Americas.
That would settle the matter once and for all. Any future attack should
be regarded as an attack on Britain
The truth is that Kirchner, in protesting against ‘colonialism’, would treat the people of the
in a thoroughly colonial way. What arrogance in the modern word to assume
that the native inhabitants of a place can be ignored and disposed of by other
powers. Commenting on this the Foreign Office said;
The people of the
are British and have chosen to be so. They remain free to choose their
own futures, both politically and economically, and have the right to
self-determination as enshrined in the UN Charter. This is a fundamental right
for all peoples. There are three parties to the debate, not just two as Argentina likes
to pretend. The Islanders can’t just be written out of history. As
such there can be no negotiations on the sovereignty of the Falkland
Islands unless and until such time as the Islanders so wish.
So there! Poor Madame Botox; there she is, desperate to divert attention away from her own internal problems by raising this issue yet again to no purpose whatsoever. She fires letter in the way that her fascist predecessors fired bullets. Letters or bullets it makes no difference. The day that the people of the Falklands decide to join Cristina’s failing republic will be a cold day in hell...and in