20 March 2013

Uncommon Commentary #332: It's the Same Lame Claim, and so Shame on the Dame! (Alternate Title: Don't Cry to Me, Argentina)

In consideration of how many issues in our world deserve more attention than they receive, it's remarkable how much attention is devoted to what ought not to be issues at all, such as the question of whether the Falkland Islands ought to remain with the United Kingdom or be given to Argentina.  Aside from the most obvious reasons why the British ought to simply ignore Argentineans in this regard, viz., the recent referendum in which 99.8 percent of Falklanders voted in favor of their affiliation with the UK, and Argentina's defeat in the war that she provoked by invading the Falklands three decades ago, there is the lesser-known fact that the subject of dispute has never belonged to Argentina.  Spain owned it for four years in the Eighteenth Century; early in the following century what's now Argentina, then called the Republic of Buenos Aires, won independence from Spain; the citizens of the new state decided that since the "Islas Malvinas" lay closer to the Republic of Buenos Aires than to any other former Spanish possession, that island group must now be their country's possession. (It mattered not to them that Spain had transferred the territory to Great Britain by convention in 1771.)  This non-sequitur is the sole cause for the Argentine claim on the Falkland Islands.
Why does Argentina's President Kirchner want to add to her dominions, anyway?  Isn't it good enough for her that her left-wing rule has done so much to ruin the land that's already under her control?