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Chilean Army begins October demining of route leading to Torres del Paine park

Monday, September 24th 2012 - 03:23 UTC
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The Chilean Army is scheduled to begin in October the clearance of anti-tank mines which are distributed on the sides of the route leading to the national Park of Torres del Paine from Puerto Natales and which were planted during the seventies at the height of a conflict with Argentina that almost ended in a full-fledged war. Read full article

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  • Martin Woodhead

    Shouldnt lose cows to anti tank mines unless they really massive cows.
    mind you the chilean Armyknows how to record a minefield.

    Sep 24th, 2012 - 04:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ProRG_American

    Another sign of greater integration and a growing unbreakable alliance between brotherly nations.

    Sep 24th, 2012 - 05:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Think

    Por fin, weones.

    Sep 24th, 2012 - 06:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #2 Indeed. Interesting that its under Cristina that the Chileans now trust there neighbour enough to do this, even if that doesn't fit the “narrative” of some on here...

    Sep 25th, 2012 - 03:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • pgerman

    @4 excelent !!!! the good thing of CFK, that as you mentioned many people don't like want to recognize, is that “she” is responsible for all. She declared the Independence of Argentina, she crossed the Andes to release Chile, she ocuppied the Patagonia, she wrote the first National Constitution...she...she...she...she deserves to be crowned as Queen of Argentina and we must leave her rule the country until she dies !!!....GOD SAVE BATATA QUEEN !!!!!

    Sep 25th, 2012 - 11:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    Mines are an obsolete weapon and should be removed completely everywhere.
    Bypassing a mine field is not a difficult maneuver, it will not slow an advancing enemy for long but a mine field will cause drama for an eternity.
    Chile today is not the Chile of 1881 or 1978 for that matter, our glorious military is confident and prepared for any eventuality. We feel no threat from neighboring Argentina, so the removal of this ugly stain on our landscape is a good thing.

    Sep 25th, 2012 - 11:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Yep, it is a good news story.

    [Only BK could attribute something like this to CFK.]

    Sep 25th, 2012 - 09:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • British_Kirchnerist

    #5,7 Why then are they being removed now not before. Surely its because Chile feels more confident it has a peace loving neighbour?

    Sep 26th, 2012 - 11:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    BK
    The mines are being removed because mines fields are no longer part of Chile’s defence strategy. Why? Because we have capable, modern armed forces.

    Do you really think we are so stupid that we would base our national defence strategy on the stance of the current Argentine leader? Even if she loves peace (i.e. armed forces are dilapidated) today, we have been neighbours with Argentina long enough to know that stability and trustworthiness are not two of their outstanding national characteristics.
    Firme y digno.

    Sep 26th, 2012 - 01:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Alexei

    Is this wise? We left the Falkland Islands virtually undefended in the 1980s, and look what they did. Don't be fooled by their “that was the junta, it wasn't us” argument, they've just produced a coin celebrating their unprovoked and murderous failed invasion.

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 09:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Condorito

    Alexei
    The removal of mines doesn’t leave us undefended.
    In 1982 the 80 or so R.Marines in the FI faced an invasion force of 4500 with no chance of relief for weeks.
    In southern Patagonia / Tierra del Fuego the situation is very different, we have air and sea superiority with the ability to deploy special ground forces immediately.
    Argentina would lose very quickly.

    It would be like that new coin you mention going up against the Chilean peso. The latter is well managed, hard and the best performing in the world, the other is, er, well...let’s say, less useful.

    Luckily for Argentina we are not belligerent and only attack when provoked.

    Sep 27th, 2012 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • The Chilean perspective

    I agree with you 1 million percent brother, there's no one in Chile who ever brings up the repossession of the Patagonia region, like who cares, right? Totally different to the Argentines who cannot move on and get over it(Falklands), they are very lucky that this stupid way of thinking is absent from the minds of Chileans since we have the means to re take that region in less than 3 days and in Buenos Aires in 5 days. They are indeed lucky that no one, including me would ever support an unprovoked attack on anyone. They seem to have gotten the lion's share of nut jobs.

    Sep 30th, 2012 - 11:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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