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    If the Falklands want to stay British, they should damn well stay British. As a nation we have a pretty good history of letting nations go their own way this last century (although admittedly it's cos we ruled so many in the first place ) so if the Falklands wanted to go Argentinian, they'd just have to ask. They don't, and so we have a duty to defend them.

    Without wanting to drag the thread down, if it came to it, at least we'd be defending one of our interests for once. But I doubt it will; they'll just have to keep beating us at football and rugby instead.

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    Im goign to belive my brother who is acivly serving on board... the Ship is a mess and is constantly breaking down, constant floods, fires and system malfunctions.

    She was planned to go a few months back, but shes not anymore.

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    @laserblazer

    Falklands-google-battlesheep.jpg

    Something like this ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    @laserblazer

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    Something like this ?
    God, I love a sheep in uniform

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevbaz View Post
    the Ship is a mess and is constantly breaking down, constant floods, fires and system malfunctions.
    Made in Britain.

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    I was just wondering who was going to be in this army of yours ? The Falklanders are mainly fishermen and farmers. Most of of the important jobs are taken up by workers on temporary contracts. My mum worked there for 4 years,.

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    Quote Originally Posted by difinity View Post
    I was just wondering who was going to be in this army of yours ? The Falklanders are mainly fishermen and farmers. Most of of the important jobs are taken up by workers on temporary contracts. My mum worked there for 4 years,.
    They'll be able to afford mercenaries.

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    Ah, when the world map was largely pink. Good days.

    ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_C View Post
    Much more likely that the Tories think they are going to loose the next election. Sound familiar?
    Not really, no. It's certainly entered socialist mythology that the reason the Tories won the '83 election was the Falklands War, but the reason they won was that Michael Foot and the Labour party were so unutterably awful in every possible way. Thatcher didn't provoke the Falklands war in order to win an election, as a reading of her autobiography - and the history of the war - shows.

    Edit; I also happen to think that we should hang on to them.
    I think it should be up to the people who live there who runs their country. I also think that should apply to the UK, but ISTM that politicians aren't quite so keen on asking the citizenry of the UK that particular question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatpackhamster View Post
    as a reading of her autobiography - and the history of the war - shows.
    Yes, the truth is in a former leaders autobiography.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep View Post
    Yes, the truth is in a former leaders autobiography.
    It's rather easier to find in there than it is in Der Guadrian List Of Bad Fings Wot Fatcher Dun.

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    I can't remember the exact wording but there used to be a large poster in Stanley that said something along the lines of all Argentinians being welcome as visitors providing they accept that the Falkland islanders want to remain British.

    The Argentinians have always wanted the "Malvinas" for the rich fishing grounds but naturally interest increased dramatically when oil and gas was discovered and this will further increase if it is proved that extraction is economically viable.

    As to the aircraft stationed there, the Tornado F3s were replaced by Typhoons although I'm not sure exactly when.

    EDIT: Interweb says that the Typhoons deployed in September 2009
    Last edited by 36Degrees; 8th February 2012 at 01:10 PM.

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    I was going to list the other aircraft there and I'm glad I didn't as I'd forgotten about the Chinook!

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    Victory in the Falklands was a pretty hefty symbol of British power, they won't just let it go. It will be interesting to see how a conflict would affect operations in the Middle East though.

    I really hope they don't go to war as it really isn't fair on the people who live there. They already have to deal with landmines.

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