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Malvinas: Uruguay politicians honoured for having volunteered to fight next to Argentina in 1982

Friday, July 26th 2013 - 01:57 UTC
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Two Uruguayan politicians, one from the ruling coalition and the other from the main opposition National party will be honoured with a medal by Argentina for their unlimited support to the Malvinas cause, announced the Argentine ambassador in Montevideo, Dante Dovena. Read full article


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  • Baxter

    Pity , they backed the losing side . While we are about it why not decorate those “Anglos ” who attacked the British counter attack . I could be unfair since I am told that they were terrified of being violently attacked by Argentines .

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:09 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • El capitano just cant make this shit up....!!

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    Congratulations on helping us lose a war, here's a medal... and to think us crazy Brits have been giving medals for actually WINNING and ACHIEVING for all these years, man we had it wrong.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JohnN

    I would expect that, if Britain had consented, there would have been droves of Canadians who would have fought alongside the brave British force to liberate the Falklands.

    As it was, at least Canada could contribute a staging area at our Goose Bay aerodrome for eventual bombing runs on Buenos Aires, should it have been necessary:

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    We hereby award you The Cross of The Defeated Ass Kissers.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 05:50 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Redrow

    “because the Malvinas cause is seen with the perspective of a third country, not directly involved in the controversy but to which the Malvinas Islands are not unknown, on the contrary closely linked to its history.”

    Ehh? So not, not directly involved then?

    It's one of history's great what ifs. What if the guerilla baker and European doctor had actually joined the fascist adventure rather than just saying they might, would Argentina have won? Errr, actually probably not.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 06:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    Argentina will, in desperation, do almost anything to keep the “ball in the air”, won't they? This is an act of immature diplomacy.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 06:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    One was in jail, held by the military, and, despite operation Condor and the fact that some of his Argentine terrorist counterparts got one-way helicopter trips over the River Plate, he wished to go and oppress people who had done nothing to him and whom he presumably had never seen. Alongside those who might well have killed him and vice versa.

    Lefty guerillas really are the most vile, absurd scum of the Earth. It is a pity that he didn't meet some Gurkhas at close quarters.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 07:02 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Benson

    Being honored for supporting a fascist dictatorship attacking a peaceful community. Nice people.

    “Zimmer is a surgeon of Swiss German descent” “a Latinamerican cause”. Does anyone else think the term is vaguely racist. Can you imagine if northern Europe was called Whiteeurope.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 07:29 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pirate Love

    so let me get this right.....Argentinas government are commemorating the illegal occupation of the Falklands and those terrorists who gave lip service, by dishing out 2nd place medals to foreigners.
    it makes me laugh that the current ruling reich repeatedly wash their hands of the falklands war and blame the junta for the national embarrassment, yet they hand out medals to a war they say they never wanted....load of bollocks!
    I would of thought they would have had more thought for those who actually turned up to face the British army and not those who say they would, oh and by the way soundly LOST!
    somehow I don't think a handful of plastic trinkets will be enough to bolster latam support in argentinas favour for any future fools folly!

    what next?.... gold clock for the crew of the death flights who were efficient at their job?
    or maybe a bronze plaque for the brave crews of the Argentine vessels that steamed away and let Their Belgranos comrades slowly drown and burn!

    I wonder what the brave argentine soldier who actually hoisted up the white flag over Stanley received??? he saved a lot of argentine soldiers from death and surely deserves something.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 08:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • darragh

    God... I bet the Brits were crapping themselves.

    The thought of having to face a jailbird baker (who was in line for a one way trip over the River Plate) and a Swiss doctor (not implanted into Uruguay was he) must have made them think twice...

    Are they also going to give medals to the 5000 Irishmen who according to that twat with the ponytail queued up at the Argentine embassy in Dublin to go fight for Argentina.

    Strange isn't that foreigners volunteering to fight for Argentina are heroes but foreigners (aka Gurkhas) volunteering to fight for the Brits are bloodthirsty mercenaries.

    And out of the whole of Uruguay they could only find 2 volunteers!!!! Now that's a show of Latam solidarity.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 08:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rory

    One suspects that any reading of the local history aince the 1830s might indicate that rather than representing the ideals of Uruguayans who have had to learn to live next to a large and agressive neighbour, these gentlemen may be the unsavoury remnants of the Neo-nazi Plan Condor underground that even the Uruguayan armed forces found repulsive.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 08:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Faz

    Apparently the award is a gold plated corned beef tin key. Luis looks like he has been recently Tangoed

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 09:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Trunce!

    This could be the start of a trend.

    “Argentinian foreign minister says 'not one single country' supports UK right to govern over Falkland Islands”

    7 billion medals anyone?

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 09:41 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    nice people I will go fight for facists

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 09:42 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    They should make a commemorative coin with RG's hands in the air include the supporting Uruguayan's.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 09:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BritishLion

    You could not make this up in any ridiculous comedy sketch for fear of being 'too off the mark'. Awards to foreign supporters of an illegal lost war and one of which is shameful to most Argentineans who hated the dictatorship and now suddenly they are commemorating it by awarding gongs to former terrorists who said they 'would have' fought alongside Argentine soldiers. Strange but true, crazy fools, this is such a laughing stock the sooner the world realises the better that this is an administration that claims they are on the side of the righteous, my arse!

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 09:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    The Argentines are a pack of thin-skinned, fragile-egoed, prancing popinjays.
    Hey Argentina, l'm learning Spanish. l want a medal too as that must constitute “support”, in your twisted universe, for your ridiculous “claims”.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 09:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    A bit off with the latin, but perhaps Argentina should change their motto to “In victi superbia. Historias: negationem. Cum facta, mendacia.”

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 10:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    The “war” was a disgrace to this country and should not be memorialized. Anyone see Germany handing out medals to those who supported them in WWI and WWII?

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 11:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • darragh


    How about 'Veni, Vidi, Victum'

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 11:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    It was not modern Argentina, it was the Junta, but we will still dish badges out to psychos that put themselves forward to take away the Falklanders liberty with the barrel of a gun.

    Utter, utter scum: both those giving and receiving these badges.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 12:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mr Ed

    @20 Mendoza, the Germans did actually hand out medals and pensions to some foreigners who served in the Waffen-SS, whom Adenauer described as 'Soldaten wie andere auch' (Soldiers like others too). There were some Walloon Belgians in the Geman Army too.

    However, our main point is well made, just pointing out historical facts.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 12:24 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    This is all of a piece from a mis-government that happily puts a probable genocide at the head of its army!!!!!!!

    CFK has no moral scruples about using any low life to keep the “Malvinas Myth” in the eyes of the downtrodden Argentine people!!!!!!!!

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 12:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    So according to the article...they offered to go...doesn't say they actually went. Of course one of them was in prison...

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 12:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • zathras

    So let me get this straight. The current Argentinian government is always saying that the Illegal & Immoral Invasion of the Free Falkland Islands is nothing to do with them whatsoever. On the other hand this same government is handing out gongs to people who wanted to join said invasion and threaten the free democratic civilian population of the Falkland Islands. I think the current Falklands administration should write to Rosadilla & Zimmer and ask them to apologize for threatening the peace loving peoples of the Falklands.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 01:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BritishLion

    Corrupt scum! How on earth do they expect to gain respect on the world stage with nonsense like this. Truly amazing!

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 01:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Captain Poppy

    Perhaps they volunteered the way Argentina joined the allies in March of 1945. Uruguay volunteered as the Argentine surrender was in progress.


    Jul 26th, 2013 - 01:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steve-33-uk

    'UK's Argos hikes estimate of oil potential in Falklands block'

    'Norwegian millions absent on South Atlantic Ocean rodent removal'

    'Airmen transform sleepy Atlantic outpost into critical air transport hub for Presidential visit - ASCENSION ISLAND, Southern Atlantic Ocean'

    '“Our Lady of the Falklands” toured the streets of the capital of Entre Ríos in caravan - It is a replica of the Virgin of Luján, enthroned in the southern archipelago in 2009'

    Foreign Minister of Venezuela Parlatino over fascist view current alerts ~ ...'He invited parliamentarians from Latin America and the Caribbean not to abandon the fight for the “just claims of Argentina over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands”...

    'The Latin American response to the “counteroffensive” in USA'

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    A medal for volunteering to extend the life of the Junta.

    A medal for volunteering to fight for more disappearances.

    A medal for volunteering to fight for more forced adoptions.

    A medal for volunteering to fight for more people dropped from planes and helicopters.

    A medal for volunteering to fight for more fascism so long as they could subject it also to peaceful Islanders who just wanted to be left alone.

    Does Angela Merkel or Kohl or the rest give (or gave) medals to the Bund? Well... No.

    But Argentina? Unrepentant. Irredeemable.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    They keep on spouting on about UN Resolution 2065 made in 1965 which is 'clearly dead.'

    Just ask Ban,

    But they keep on repeating it, because they have little else. How sad. I almost feel sorry for them. Almost.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    There's a bottom of the barrel cynicism about this that is both absurd and depressing.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @31, They keep on repeating it because the government requires them to teach it. It's like Germany teaching children in full hindsight in the 70's that they were deprived of their Lebensraum in the 40's and the Argentines don't bat an eye at that broader implication. If there was something in the water that kept them from making that obvious connection that the rest of the adult world sees I WOULD feel sorry for them. But I only feel sorry for the younger kids who are being spoon-fed a diet of unrepentant nostalgic fascism until they reach age where they can do the math themselves.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 02:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    I just don't know what to say, other than they will do literally anything to keep the topic on the table. It is just getting more desparate as each year goes by. Argentina sounds like a tin pot dictatorship more and more. Most countries put their lost wars down to history and generally keep quiet about them. Argentina our proud losers. I do hope we get to see the medal ceremony.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 03:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    4 JohnN “if Britain had consented, there would have been droves of Canadians who would have fought alongside the brave British force”

    WW 2 RCAF was too old for that Juancito.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 03:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    Can I have a badge unlike those two loons I have actually been to the islands?
    Admittidly it was in 91 and with the RIC but hey makes about as much sense.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 04:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @35 You must try some real research. Perhaps you'd like to read this: Just look. 1.1 million Canadians served. As you read on, you will find that Canadians served in the Royal Air Force. On 6 June 1944, the 3rd Canadian Division took Juno Beach in the D-Day Normandy landings. Just so you're aware, it bears no comparison to 66,000 argie troops “forcing” a landing against 80 Royal Marines. But then, argies have always been cowards. One final thing. All the Canadians were volunteers!

    If you want some more enemies, denigrate Canada and Canadians some more. Canada already supports the UK over the Falkland Islands. Canada has courage, honesty and integrity. Some things that argieland lacks. Even if it understood what those attributes are!

    Here's a tip for you. If you took every member of your current “government” out, put them against a wall and then shot them, you “might” gain a minor amount of credibilty. Taking them out, laying them face-up on the ground and then decapitating them would be better. Executing their families as well would be even better. Finally, taking all the remains aboard the ARA Libertad, floating out to mid-Atlantic and shovelling the lot over the side would be really good. Particularly if you can get pictures of sharks ripping the whole lot apart. Personally, I'd like a picture of a Great White crunching CFK's head.

    “This is the big motherland, to which we are all committed, a Latinamerican cause and a shared example of demanding the end of all forms of colonialism in the world”, said Volonté.“ THIS is hilarious. A STOLEN continent referred to as a ”motherland“. More like a ”motherfucker“ land. ”the end of all forms of colonialism” by replacing it with latino dictatorship. More than happy to travel out, accept an assault rifle and kill ANY invader. And I WANT to funnel them into their own minefields and watch them being blown apart!

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 05:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vestige

    Not long now.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sir Digby chicken Ceaser

    38) To what, exactly?

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 06:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brit Bob

    @38 It is their right to 'self-determination.' This is a fundamental human right. Their choice.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 07:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    “Ego voluit venire non possit, tamen id non numerabitur?”

    I wanted to come but could not, does that still count?

    Rosadilla, the former jailed baker, ex Defence Minister and bank robbing mate of Pepe seems an ideal fit to the scum of the earth argies.

    WTF the doctor was thinking of is beyond me.

    But we shouldn’t be surprised that these two cunts were seduced by the argies.

    Who could possibly turn down the offer of a lifetime to run shitless from a few British troops like 3 Para and 42 Commando who were only out to kill them? Apparently these two edifying spectacles of ‘manhood’ because neither of the fuck-pigs went.

    You have to laugh.

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 07:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Sir Digby chicken Ceaser

    Can the argies find a candlestick maker who was willing to go, to make this joke even funnier?

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 07:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Malvinense 1833

    “We can share the islands, swap some sheep for a herd of cows and fling in a few crates of Malbec and Torrontes. We'll call it the Treaty of Gaucho and everyone will be happy, well fed and well sozzled.”
    I agree and I know that an agreement is possible.
    Unfortunately there are fanatics on both sides of the fence.

    link provided by Steve-33-uk

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 07:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • slattzzz

    they volunteered but never went we could all say we volunteered couldn't we I volunteered to go to Tesco's and went to the pub instead, my mate volunteered to go to ASDA with his missus and came to the pub with me, where's my fookin medal. What a crock of shit, it gets better and better the shite coming out of rgenweener, You'll be giving medals to the ships company's of the ships who fooked off and left the Belgrano survivors to fend for themselves next. Heaven forbid

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 07:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    As for the general chosen to head the army, the government now accuses the judicial system of not knowing about his role in the junta. And its been known for 30 years. Who is covering for whom here?

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 10:33 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund

    @43 Malvi

    Can you outline an agreement that present and future Argentine governments could be guaranteed to respect? Why should the islanders trust you?

    Jul 26th, 2013 - 11:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • screenname

    @43 Malvinense 1833: “Unfortunately there are fanatics on both sides of the fence.”

    If by fence you meant the river plate, you'd be right. If you mean Falklanders....???? hahahahaha

    When some Falklanders go to Uruguay and take the families of Luis Rosadilla and Walter Zimmer hostage at gunpoint, and then hold them in a hall with not much more than bar snacks to eat, then I might have to agree with you. Until then let's assume you are talking yet more malvinista BS.

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 12:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Next!!! Argentinian government awards millions of medals to their citizens who promise to fight in the Falklands on condition that the UK forces completely withdraw, (as Argentina are very good at attacking people without weapons, or with a 10,000 to 40 ratio).

    So these Uruguayans did not actually go?

    Even kids who won Blue Peter badges actually did something to earn them.

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 12:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @47/43. Yes, those extremist Islanders, so fanatical in their wish to be left alone in peace and not forcibly invaded, colonized, annexed and ethnically cleansed against their will AND against the UN Charter.

    Some moderate Argentines should throw them out of helicopters into the freezing ocean and give their children to their political cronies like they did in 82 and put them in their place. After all, that IS what were fighting for in 1982 and giving out honors and minting coins for in 2013. Irredeemable, unrepentant, perennial Fascists.

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 01:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    For christ sake what ever you do, never offer Rosadilla any bars for his medal!

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 08:21 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    50 reality check

    You can picture it now: “Order Of The supreme Bullshitters with Bar”.

    The “bar” to comprise a real steel bar 50mm diameter iserted in the usual orifice.

    Said Rosadilla “this reminds me of my time in prison but it was larger and colder than I remember it”.

    I would be first in line to give him his “bar”.

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 11:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    So what ??????
    Do you think that the Canadians would be less friendly with the UK if they became a Republic. Would they then run to embrace the fellow republic of Argentina.......not a chance in Hell !!!

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 01:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    The polls look pretty inconclusive and they have changed the way the poll is conducted vis the undecided/ couldn't give a shit.

    But if they decide to become a republic that's fine - one has to respect the fact that the monarchy may have less relevance for the Francophone population (and also the First Nation people). They would almost certainly opt to stay in the Commonwealth.

    I suspect that a lot of monarchist states will wait for the old girl to pop her clogs and the hold a referendum. given the Queen Mum's impressive 102 that could be in about fifteen years. Anyway, that's self determination in action. They are already a de facto sovereign nation since the Constitution was patriated in the 1980's and the right to appeal to the House of Lords was abolished

    Jul 27th, 2013 - 06:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Lord Ton

    I didn't realise that Uruguayan support for Argentina's spurious cause was so flimsy.

    Jul 28th, 2013 - 07:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    “Rosadilla, originally a baker but at the time in jail because he belonged to the urban guerrilla Tupamaros movement, nevertheless said he was prepared to go to the South Atlantic to fight next to the Argentine troops”

    Echoes of 1832?

    Most of the UP militia in 1832 were made up of people released from prison, a condition of which was to serve in the army, although unlike Rosadilla, they actually spent three months in the islands, enjoying their killing and raping spree.

    “Not every man walks up to offer his life for a cause of another country, but that is what these brave men did for a cause supported by all Latinamerica”

    So brave they remained 1000 miles from the action. Funny they volunteered but did not go, but 1000s of conscripts who did not want to go, did.

    Cock arsed system of recruiting.

    I bet these guys die of guilt every night, tortured by the anguish of not being given the chance to test their sporting abilities in the 'run away as fast as you can from the enemy athletics event.'

    I wonder who they wished they had been in the FIs to run away from most?

    The SAS on PBI?

    The Para's raid on Goose Green?

    The RM's on Mt Harriet?

    The Scots Guards on Tumbledown?

    Sadly, there is not not enough space to illustrate all the opportunities of surrender available to them.

    Or would they have been content to face the Ghurkas (in the eventuality that the Ghurka's didn't have the chance to test them,-ie a double cop out) (Though I understand most of the Argentines surrendered very quickly around Lafonia when the Ghurkas were sent as persuasion)?

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 09:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ynsere

    Rosadilla is better known as a former terrorist, murderer and thief than anything else. Zimmer was indicted yesterday for abuse of power, following a report in 2010. Seems Argentine ambassador Dovena is embarrassing himself, should have bribed someone else.

    Jul 29th, 2013 - 11:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Musky

    So Christina says ”we are not the people who invaded the falklands in 1982, that was a shameful past. lets have a party...lets bring out some coins (or was it stamps) to was not us, shame on Britain for was a disgraceful regime, not us.... lets give awards to foreigners who fought for us” ... what a hypocritical bunch... of no-hopers!

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 03:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    lf Rosadilla & Zimmer work in my flower garden, l'll give them a posy of flowers for their troubles.
    No medals though unless they've been stalked by my cats.
    Well thats a form of active service, avoiding hunting cats.
    What a pair of pansies. Wouldbe heroes.

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 03:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BritishLion

    In the days that this has been running and having read most of the posts I think its a pretty conclusive argument that the Malvanistas have run out of steam and had all their weak, hypocritical, hilarious, moronic statements blown clean out of the water again. I also not that fewer and fewer attempts at justifying themselves are being made. What does this prove, yet again? Argentina is still a long way from being a mature democracy. She is still allowing corrupt bullies and criminals to hold important positions in power. She is still hanging on grimly to old beliefs that have been proven to be lies. She will not admit the sins of the past and create a healthy new future (even the Germans after WW2 managed that). Is there any hope for them? I doubt it!

    Jul 30th, 2013 - 06:08 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RICO

    I am sure a proud Leopold is looking down (lets be honest up) with great pride that Argentina is honouring those that fought for him.

    Jul 31st, 2013 - 03:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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