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Falklands Islands: Ownership to be decided by Sean Penn, Jim Davidson and UN Celebrity Colonialists

by | 15th, February 2012

Falklands Islands: Ownership to be decided by Sean Penn, Jim Davidson and UN Celebrity Colonialists 

DID you know that the Falklands Islands relies on oil piped in from a boat? Did you know that if that line is damaged the island will be without fuel – there being only about three months in store on land? Did you know that not too long ago the line was broken. They say it was broken by ship hitting it by accident. A British ship – well, that’s the story.

The Times lead with new that the Falklands are becoming a hotter issue.

Next month members of the Defence Select Committee will join Prince William – he’s on a six-week tour of duty – on the islands. It is the first time that committee members have travelled to the islands since 1999.

Thirty years ago, on April 2, 1982, Argentine forces invaded. Would they try it again? It’s unlikely. The place is heavily fortified. But while the winners stand their ground, the loser lament.

Juan Mendicino, president of the association that represents Falklands veterans, said: “The English Parliament should leave us alone. This is another provocation. We are not idiots. Argentina does not want war — it wants peace and the return of our islands through diplomatic negotiation. But the only thing that the English think about is war. We don’t want visitors from your Parliament. We want the UN to intervene, as it has done in disputes across the world.”

The UN, that weird organisation that fetes the famous to spread “goodwill” and has a Human Rights panel that includes such beacons of equality and freedoms as: Saudi Arabia (bans the practice of any religion except Islam), Qatar (homosexuality is outlawed on pain of death), the Congo and Bahrain (Syria just missed out).

The Times adds:

Jan Cheek, a member of the eight-strong Falklands Legislative Assembly, said that she would not be surprised if the Argentine Government pounced on the MPs’ visit as another example of increased defensive activity by the British, but that such a notion was totally baseless. “The Defence Committee does come down at fairly regular intervals and, just like the routine deployment of ships and things, it is something that happens from time to time. It is not something out of the ordinary.”

But while Britain has the ammo and the will of the islanders, Argentina has…Sean Penn.

The Hollywood actor Sean Penn has weighed in to the dispute amid the growing tension. He met President Kirchner in Buenos Aires and urged Britain to join UN-sponsored talks over what he called “the Malvinas Islands of Argentina”. “It’s necessary that these diplomatic talks happen between the United Kingdom and Argentina,” he said. “The world today is not going to tolerate any kind of ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology.”

So says the celebrity colonialist, the rich, famous star travelling the planet in a quest for approval from an on-side audience. The moral grandstanding sticks in the craw. Not because the star is being vain and desperate to be seen and heard with no need to stand for public office and put it to the vote – it’s jut what they do? – but because the elected elite pander to them. These celebrities endorse countries to sell them to the marketplace. Look out for David Cameron seeing Argentina’s imported Penn with our Jim Davidson. The UN ambassadors like Roberto Baggio, Ronan Keating and Dione Warwick can pick a side. It’s the only way of deciding who is good and who is bad. Or we could just have a fight..?



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