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Opinion: The future of the Falklands: could it be compromise?

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  • Actually, I found the tone of the article to be quite measured and refreshing given that most of what one normally reads is highly partisan.
    What we tend to overlook in the UK is how deeply ingrained in Argentinians this "slight" in 1833 was to this new nation. I am putting aside whether this view is objectively justified as the historical claims and counter claims are equally unsatisfactory.
    That said, history tends to create its own history and I find the Argentine position in treating what is now about 6 generations of the local population as nothing more than "planted colonists" (and thus ignoring them in negotiation) as rather offensive and the implication from Argentines that the islanders can "go back" to the UK to be rather sinister.
    As for the legal issues, the Kosovo case is rather important as the question as to how far and when self determination can take precedence over sovereignity.

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  • Pretty well researched this article... the population of Jersey voting to "become independent of the UK"? The States of Jersey are NOT part of the UK!

    The Falkland Islanders right to self determination prescribed because they are the "descendants of British settlers" on the insistence of the Argentines (who happen to descend from Spanish and other "settlers"). Oh how just that would be!

    If Argentina has a case, then why oh why does it not take it to the ICJ and be done with it?

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  • To agent0060: So the UK is some kind of benevolent protector only interested in the greater good? Tell that to the numerous societies you have raped and pillaged over the centuries. The "we're the better bogeyman, than Argentina" hardly warms me on a cold night.

    The problem is lawyers are often left to debate important issues (whether as politicians or advisors) and lets be real, most lawyers have no morals or values. They take the side of whomever is paying them acting like greedy whores who will play each side off the other if it benefits them (hmm, much like every country around the world, most of whom are run by, what's that, LAWYERS!).

    Lawyers are largely trained to blindly look at specific issues in isolation and aren't capable of seeing the big picture, never mind actually taking into account what is RIGHT. Not right from a profit point of view, but right as in The Right Thing to Do. But alas, lost on all of you who willingly shovel whatever crap your client is paying you to.

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  • you really are a stupid person julie. no doubt an apologist or a bleeding heart. stand up for your countrymen & women. the argentinians are lapping up your ridiculous comments. they have no morals at all. they want to enslave or expell the islanders & rub Britains nose in it. the Falklanders have more right to the Falklands than the argies have to argentina. wake up!!!

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  • Easy to say stand up and fight when you don't have to do the fighting, isn't it?

    Learn some history you boob - try reading something that isn't totally slanted towards the UK.

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  • So, even though there's no reasonable basis for your comments we should all just stand behind Britain because we live here?? It's okay for Britain to enslave or expel people (or appropriate land), because it's Britain?

    THIS is what's wrong with our country - the dumbed down idiots not capable of independent, critical thought. What don't you run to be head of the Tories mg2? You'd fit right in.

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  • Surerly a compromise can be reach, the UK must remember that not to long ago Gandi march in India because the Brits had a monopoly in salt and it could only be sold by Brits, guys get real if you want to be Pom in South America I am afraid you never will be liked.

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