- May 5, 2008
Conorworld said:Just out of consideration was the idea of joint-sovereignty ever considered?
For a few years over 175 years ago, Argentina laid claim to those islands. I just don't understand the whining about the islands when there is so much more important stuff to worry about back here.
The islands are a self-governing Overseas Territory of the United Kingdom, but Argentina has claimed sovereignty since the re-establishment of British rule in 1833.
In pursuit of this claim, which is rejected by the islanders, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in 1982.
OK, so Argentina became a nation in 1816. And so for 17 measley years (1816 to 1833) they had some control over some islands that were founded by the British.
The islands are called "[The] Falkland Islands" in English. This name dates from an expedition led by John Strong in 1690, who named the islands after his patron, Anthony Cary, 5th Viscount Falkland.
The Spanish name for the islands, "Islas Malvinas", is derived from the French name "Îles Malouines", bestowed in 1764 by Louis Antoine de Bougainville, after the mariners and fishermen from the Breton port of Saint-Malo who became the island's first known settlers. The ISO designation is "Falkland Islands (Malvinas)".
So the islands were first named by the British and THEN THE FRENCH. Eventually Spain and/or Argentina snagged them and changed the name again.
THE FIRST NAME WAS THE FALKLAND ISLANDS.
So then Argentina had the islands for 17 measley years (I know I've already mentioned that) which is less than 10% of the time they've been under British control and yet they are still whining about them.
That's like Mexico whining about Texas! Mexico had Texas for 26 (or only 15) measley years (1810/1821-1836... depending on which date you officially recognize as their indepedence) ...and they're not whining all the time about Texas. Or New Mexico, or Arizona, or Colorado, or California...
The Falklands are "The Falklands". This bullshit is the same stuff religious zealots/sheiks use in the Middle East to distract their downtrodden masses from the fact that they are incompetent leaders who are raping their own country.
When the people of Argentina can stop whining and start working to fix their own problems, it will be better for everybody. In general I like the 2nd/3rd World charm of Argentina, but this topic is ridiculous.