Spotlight On The Falkland Islands: The Dying Gasps Of The British Empire

Britain has lost its empire and it is now sticking to some small islands and territories. This is just an ego exercise and the logic of holding on to these territories is pretty flimsy. One of the territories is the Falkland Islands which are located at the tip of Argentina about 1100 km from Buenos Aires. The islands are 7000 km from England and have about 3000 inhabitants.
Argentina claims that the islands were illegally seized by Britain in 1833 and have been under British possession since then. In 1981 a brief war took place over the islands when it

was occupied by the Argentina army for 74 days. The Argentina army gave a poor show of its fighting capabilities and after losing over 600 dead threw in the towel to the British force which had come all the way from England. Margret Thatcher was the Prime minister at that time.
 Now 30 years have elapsed and there is no solution
in sight. The Argentines still claim the island and most of South America support them. The USA has declared itself neutral. But Britain like the proverbial dying dragon has a last swing of the tail. It is refusing to hand over the islands on the plea that the islanders do not want to join Argentina. For this a referendum is being held early next year where the Islanders will chose whiter to be with Britain or join Argentina.
This referendum is fraught with great risks as if accepted will lead to a balkanization of many nations. Why even the Portuguese could have applied this logic to Goa and not handed over Goa to India or even Kashmir.
The future is thus fraught with great risk. The fact is the UK is desperately trying to cling to great power status and that perhaps is the sole reason to hold the Falk lands. One will have to see how long this will last.

Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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