34 years ago today Argentinian forces invaded the Falkland Islands sparking the Falklands War. Under Operation Corporate, British forces mobilised to retake the islands. The operation was a success but cost 255 British soldier’s lives.
Today, Argentinian rhetoric and propaganda continues to vilify the UK and British forces during the war. The situation has been made worse by a questionable decision by the United Nations to increase Argentina’s territorial claim to include Falklands territories.
It must be remembered that the islands, while a British protectorate, are self governing. They are an island nation that have existed longer than many European countries. They have farmed the land and built a society there that deserves to be protected and not challenged by a country desperate for a distraction from its own internal problems which has always been the driving force behind Argentina’s claim over the islands.
So, today on this anniversary please spare a thought for those British service personnel who gave their futures to protect the islander’s and their cherished way of life.
Lest we forget.