Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tensions Mount Over Falkland Islands

We live in worrying times. Argentina is threatening to stop shipping engaged in oil exploration from using its ports or sailing through its waters. In 1982 the UK went to war with Argentina after armed forces from the South American state occupied the South Atlantic islands.

Three years ago, Argentina withdrew from the agreement that covered oil and gas exploration around the Falklands, now they have upped the ante and again raised tensions in the region. Argentina should be careful though, when the Falklands were thought to contain nothing but British citizens, sheep and the odd penguin, nobody cared less about Britain and the Argies having an armed tussle over them. Now that the seas around the islands are thought to contain large oil reserves, the Argentines should be planning for an impending invasion from the USA.

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