It's Argentinian territory. And more, Colonies are a 19th century topic like slavery. It's just something a modern world should get completely rid of. The British Empire is now a pathetic memory of something that luckily does not exist anymore. All these countries having still colonies should get embargoed by the UN, Unless the colony itself does like its own situation.
The fact is that UK should use their resources in UK and not in outposts obtained illegally. The islanders were implanted and the argument they should self-govern themselves would only applied to native people that they are not. UK glory days are in the past and it should accept its new role in the world as just another Joe. Unfortunately for British these processes take time but for the good of their people I hope politicians really focus on their actual needs which are many and not in defending what was illegally obtained. Argentina is far from being an ideal solution for the islanders (if they decide to remain there) but the truth is that it belongs to Argentina and for good or bad it will be returned eventually so they will have to make peace with it and move on.
The falkland islands are one of the remains of the infamous imperialist past of the british empire and the vile policy that they carried from the 16th to half of the 20th century , which resulted in the opression of entire nations and the current underdevelopment of great parts of Africa , Asia , and Latin America.The United Kingdom should return the island to argentina as an historical retribution for almost a century of pillage in the region.
The Falklands are a remnant of a colonial power that is no longer relevant (unless, of course, the idea is to eventually take more land in the area). The UK is selling fishing and drilling rights around the islands (eg to South Korea and other nations) which are plundering the area, stealing valuable resources and sending profits thousands of kilometers away to the UK. The people of Argentina and South America deserve the right to access these resources!
The historical and legal basis for Argentinian sovereignty is illegitimate. Argentina’s preference for illegal force over that of a hearing in the UNICJ is proof enough. Argentina knows that The Hague will look at all of the facts and find in favour of self determination over the complaints of Argentinian nationalists. But the strength of the British argument is one that’s more than mere self determination. There’s a valid argument of prior claim, Previous international recognition before the existence of Argentina and prior settlement.
Today? The only interest Argentinians have in the islands and it’s people is nothing more than a symbolic flag waving exercise and the resurrection of a two hundred year old enmity that most other civilised nations had buried long before 1982. Or else there’s a legal case to return part of Missiones to Paraguay? Or to support Mapuche autonomy? Do you see how ridiculous this argument is? Shouldn’t Greece be arguing for the return of their capital, Constantinople? Mexico demanding Texas and its entire population can make a choice to remain and be under Mexican rule or be ethnically cleansed to the United States?
But Argentina did finish the dispute in the 1850 settlement of convention. Argentina tacitly gave up her claim by failing to mention the islands thus negating it’s function and importance between the two nations and also ceasing to protest over the Falklands from then on until the 20th century. Between December 1849 and 1941, The Falklands were not even mentioned in the President's Messages to Congress.
The stupidity is this. The dispute was resurrected by an admirer of both Hitler and Mussolini, All for the sole purpose of uniting a disunited failed society against a common enemy. Argentinian school children have been indoctrinated ever since.
And the biggest flaw in Argentina’s legal argument is that Argentinians are attempting to frame the problem as aggressive colonial occupation of a piece of Argentina by a foreign power as opposed to a dispute over territory. So let’s take the wording of the 1850 convention of settlement which states:-
“perfect friendship between Her Britannic Majesty's Government and the Government of the Confederation, Is restored to its former state of good understanding and cordiality”.
How does a nation which is partly “invaded” and under “foreign occupation”, As Argentina would like to put it, Accept “perfect friendship, Good understanding and cordiality” with its “invading aggressive colonial occupiers” if it wasn’t willing to accept that so called occupation?
It’s now time for Argentinians and Argentina as a nation, To mature and grow up. Or else don’t mature and forever remain third world.
No Argentina can't be trusted with the Falkland Islands. They created a war in the 80's to try to take it and were demolished by Thatcher and the British. These same people still want the territory badly but it is British and the people of the island love Britain and don't want to leave. Argentina had their chance to take it and they did and failed. You tried! Better Luck Next Time!
The British first settled here before Argentina even existed. They created permanent settlements which later developed into the islands today. Most islanders speak English, are Christian, and the monetary unit is equivalent to the British pound. The British won the war. Argentina keeps trying to push (come back) after they had surrendered themselves to the British.
I do not believe that the Falklands should be returned to Argentina. I think that the Falklands should remain in their current state without the interference of Argentina. I think that however that if the people of the Falkland Islands want to vote on it, they should be able to vote.
If the UK decides to release the Falkland islands, then they should not be 'returned' to Argentina. The Falkland islands should be allowed to determine their own fate. Part of that determination must be the right to their own independence. The Falkland island people should be given the opportunity to dictate where they ally themselves. 'Returning' them to Argentina is just replacing one hierarchy with another.
The Falklands are a British territory and have been for many years, and the desire of Argentina to claim the islands is based on little than their proximity to the country. Argentina is predominantly run and led by people of European descent, so arguing that the islands are rightfully theirs is baseless.
It is clear that the people living on the Falkland Islands do not want them to be returned to Argentina. The legacy of the Falklands War is a reminder of what could go wrong if Argentina attempts to take them over again. They are not that significant, and Agrentina should forget about them.
While the actions of the British in initially taking over the islands
and indeed Gibraltar in the past may have been an act of colonialism.
The fact is that in the present currently the Falklands are a self
governing territory who freely choose to remain associated with the
United Kingdom and it should be up to the people through their
democratically elected legislature to decide their own future.