Nicholas Leonard: Cameron brings out sharp edge in Falklands war of words
Published 23/01/2012 | 05:00
British prime minister David Cameron was still a teenager at Eton when General Galtieri of Argentina tried to shore up his crumbling military junta by invading the Falkland Islands in the hope of a quick and easy conquest.
Now, as the 30th anniversary of the invasion in April 1982 approaches, the rhetoric from Buenos Aires is once again being cranked up. A key presidential aide, Carlos Kunkel, put it like this: "David Cameron is pursuing a policy of piracy and aggression because at home the economy is collapsing, there are riots in London, and Scotland and Wales want to escape the English empire.
"The islanders are a transplanted people who live in an occupied British enclave. You cannot talk about self-determination in those circumstances."