April 3, 2012

Falklands: the Significant 'Little War'

John O'Sullivan, National Review


It was this discrepancy between the small importance of the prize and the strenuous effort needed to win it that shaped the early American (and European) reactions to the Falklands War. Columnists compared it to a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta or cast it as a final spasm of Victorian jingoism. Jorge Luis Borges, the distinguished Argentinean writer, famously put this thought best: The dispute was “two bald men fighting over a comb.”

Thirty years later, the war looks very different — and much more significant.

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TAGGED: United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, Argentina, Falkland Islands, Ronald Reagan, Alexander Haig, Malvinas


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How the U.S. Almost Betrayed Britain
John O'Sullivan, Wall St. Journal
Alexander Haig wanted Reagan to side with the Argentines over the Falklands, newly released papers show. more ››
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Monti Pulls a Thatcher
Wall Street Journal
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has walked away from negotiations with Italy's labor unions and announced that he is going to move ahead with reforming the country's notorious employment laws—with or without union... more ››
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Tensions High on Falklands Anniversary
Ben McPartland, France 24
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Daniel Hannan, Telegraph Blogs
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April 1, 2012
Argentina Hurts Itself in Falklands
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald
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