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Not bad, not good, they're both looking out for national interests although I think that's a thin justification for the brits in the Falklands, while Guam provides a stable base to project power into the Asian hemisphere


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Not bad, not good, they're both looking out for national interests although I think that's a thin justification for the brits in the Falklands, while Guam provides a stable base to project power into the Asian hemisphere

 

Um, did we miss the whole.. it was uninhabited islands a couple of centuries ago?

 

That the English colony was there before Argentina existed as a country?..

 

That the majority of the population are descended from the various UK families that have moved out there?

 

The key reason we protected them is because.. gee, the people there are British, say they're British, have been organised along British laws and systems of governance (well, apart from that short period that they were occupied by the forces of an Argentine military junta) and strangely enough, say they want to remain with the country of their choice... which just surprisingly enough.. is the UK..


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Well then case closed, seems a lot of chest puffing over nothing.


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And would they do the same to protect the British citizens who have immigrated to Spain (in such force that there are kids growing up who have never spoken spanish, or even seen an actual spanish citizen)?


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Britan would not have a greater claim to Paris than to Glasgow because of..... drumroll.... The channel. As you well know Geography is not merely distance. Military logistics play a factor in most cases. Especially in Europe where everybody has been at war with everybody else at some point. Mountain ranges are natural barriers in Spain and Italy, etc. etc.
So countries are like witches. They can't cross water?
Well, either way, it still doesn't make sense given that the Falklands is across an ocean, and an entire hemisphere. Unless there's some form of "island hegemony" in play.
Kind of like Guam, eh?
Is a nearby government saying "It's ours you prick!" to the USA? No? Then no, it's not like Guam.
So colonialism isn't controlling a foreign territory and not allowing them participation in the democratic process but denying Argentinians oil? Ok. :)
Guam is welcome to join the political process... they have a rep in the senate (among other things) and are relatively autonomous. Federal Taxes collected on the island go to the local government, rather than the Feds. They have enough people that if they they could go and become a state, but they don't want to.

Sounds a lot like the Falklands, then.

 

Well, apart from the fact that the representative of Guam is just an observer.

 

I just wanted in on whats shaping up to be a hell of a quote pyramid.

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Britan would not have a greater claim to Paris than to Glasgow because of..... drumroll.... The channel. As you well know Geography is not merely distance. Military logistics play a factor in most cases. Especially in Europe where everybody has been at war with everybody else at some point. Mountain ranges are natural barriers in Spain and Italy, etc. etc.
So countries are like witches. They can't cross water?
Well, either way, it still doesn't make sense given that the Falklands is across an ocean, and an entire hemisphere. Unless there's some form of "island hegemony" in play.
Kind of like Guam, eh?
Is a nearby government saying "It's ours you prick!" to the USA? No? Then no, it's not like Guam.
So colonialism isn't controlling a foreign territory and not allowing them participation in the democratic process but denying Argentinians oil? Ok. :)
Guam is welcome to join the political process... they have a rep in the senate (among other things) and are relatively autonomous. Federal Taxes collected on the island go to the local government, rather than the Feds. They have enough people that if they they could go and become a state, but they don't want to.

Sounds a lot like the Falklands, then.

 

Well, apart from the fact that the representative of Guam is just an observer.

 

I just wanted in on whats shaping up to be a hell of a quote pyramid.

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And would they do the same to protect the British citizens who have immigrated to Spain (in such force that there are kids growing up who have never spoken spanish, or even seen an actual spanish citizen)?

 

That actually isn't quite the same as protecting citizens under your own sovereignity... The whole point of immigration is that you've pretty much said you want to move to that country and become a citizen of said country.

 

Immigration to another country means accepting that other country. Both that you want to enjoy their climate, their economic goodies, and their law and form of government. And the descendents would grow up with Spanish law , culture and wotnot, even if they remained in a English speaking area. Heh, look at some of the areas where immigrants from Poland and India have shifted into some cities in the UK. You can walk through entire areas where you won't hear any English being spoken, but they're still British citizens.

 

 

It's not like the people of the Falklands went to another country took over a small section of land where people were living, ignored the people already there and then basically said "this is our land and we're a part of those guys over there".

 

The Falklands - Uninhabited. The first people in recorded history to land on it were English in 1690.

 

A British expedition built a harbor on one of the uninhabited islands sometime before 1770. - Note, once more, uninhabited, and a wee bit before Argentina came into existense as an independent country.

 

On 2 April 1982, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands and other British territories in the South Atlantic. The military junta which had ruled Argentina since 1976 sought to maintain power by diverting public attention from the nation's poor economic performance and the growing internal opposition and exploiting the long-standing feelings of the Argentines towards the islands.

 

Of course, since then it's been a nice topic for the Argentine politicians to pull up whenever they need to pull some crowd pleasing time .. and then well, the whole discovery of potential oil has only increased the tensions of the situation.

 

And for all the purported "colonialism" of the UK over this, we actually had a treaty with the Argentines over how the oil should be handled and split between them and us. A treaty that they decided to suddenly pull out of in the late 90's if I recall during another time they decided it would be pleasing to their domestic policy to make noises about "reclaiming" Islands that have never been a part of Argentina.

 

The main thrust of the Argentine claim.. is that there was a Spanish colony on one of the islands for about 40 years. Oh, and that colony? Was one that the Spanish had taken from the French...

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Going to point out that in any event, the US should be trying to kick out the Brits from the Americas as part of the Monroe doctrine


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Going to point out that in any event, the US should be trying to kick out the Brits from the Americas as part of the Monroe doctrine

 

The Monroe doctrine noted that the United States would neither interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal concerns of European countries.

 

At the time, the Falklands were an existing colony.. not a revolutionary or independent one.

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It's laughable, if understandable, to assert that the Falklands are 'too far away' from the UK. Surely the most enlighteneed form of sovereignty _possible_ is where the native inhabitants want to belong?

 

The inverse, where mere proximity is used as a kaibosh over neighbouring territories underpins dozens of savage wars worldwide.

 

Note that it's not as if these people have suddenly voted to be British having been Argentine. This would be impossible, as they've been British since before there was an Argentina to belong to!


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Puerto Rico is in the Pacific? :w00t:

Did they flip The Americas when I wasn't looking? :wacko:


I'd say the answer to that question is kind of like the answer to "who's the sucker in this poker game?"*

 

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Puerto Rico is in the Pacific? :w00t:

Did they flip The Americas when I wasn't looking? :wacko:

This is WoD, who thinks that 1/10000000000000000000=0

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Puerto Rico is in the Pacific? :w00t:

Did they flip The Americas when I wasn't looking? :wacko:

This is WoD, who thinks that 1/10000000000000000000=0

 

someone had mentioned Puerto Rico when talking about American colonialism in the Pacific


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Puerto Rico is in the Pacific? :w00t:

Did they flip The Americas when I wasn't looking? :wacko:

This is WoD, who thinks that 1/10000000000000000000=0

 

someone had mentioned Puerto Rico when talking about American colonialism in the Pacific

I don't think anyone specifically mentioned Puerto Rico was in the Pacific... I mentioned that Guam (which is in the Pacific) was a point from which the US could project military power into the Asian hemisphere, and I think we mentioned that Peurto Rico was in a similar spot in terms of their ability to effect mainland politics.

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Well, yes, the US is largely done with its colonial era in the pacific, if you ask around Bikini, the Philipines and Puerto Rico they don't recall it too fondly though.

 

but it's late and I could be misreading it.

 

Speaking of PR, aren't they supposed to be voting on what direction they want to take as far as status quo, statehood, independence?


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Well, yes, the US is largely done with its colonial era in the pacific, if you ask around Bikini, the Philipines and Puerto Rico they don't recall it too fondly though.

 

but it's late and I could be misreading it.

 

Speaking of PR, aren't they supposed to be voting on what direction they want to take as far as status quo, statehood, independence?

From what I can tell? not really. It's a topic constantly debated but they prefer to just stay as a commenwealth.


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What kind of lame ass colonialism only expands to the pacific anyway. Yes, I mispoke, I think because I was remembering that Depp movie, The whiskey diaries.

 

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Well, yes, the US is largely done with its colonial era in the pacific, if you ask around Bikini, the Philipines and Puerto Rico they don't recall it too fondly though.

 

but it's late and I could be misreading it.

 

Speaking of PR, aren't they supposed to be voting on what direction they want to take as far as status quo, statehood, independence?

Aren't they always?

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So, Puerto Rico is the Scotland of the Pacific (yes, that was a joke)?


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And to further fuel the pot..

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-17184955

 

Argentina turn away two P&O cruise ships from port. Because a> they're British, and b> they'd been to the Falkland islands.

 

A P&0 spokeswoman said: "Following its call at the Falkland Islands on Saturday February 25, the local port authorities have not permitted Adonia to berth at Ushuaia, Argentina, today."


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They'll live, I suspect.


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What kind of lame ass colonialism only expands to the pacific anyway. Yes, I mispoke, I think because I was remembering that Depp movie, The whiskey diaries.

 

It's nowhere as good as Fear and Loathing by the way.

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Although that would explain why Captain Morgan looks a wee bit Irish.


I'd say the answer to that question is kind of like the answer to "who's the sucker in this poker game?"*

 

*If you can't tell, it's you. ;)

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My message to Argentina is "come and have a go if you think you're hard enough."


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