On Monday UK Defense secretary told the Falklands 40 Margaret Thatcher Day Lecture that Britain will continue to “stand up to bullies” wherever in the world they happen to be situated. He said: “Our enemies should not doubt Britain’s determination to stand up to bullies, to defend those who cannot defend themselves and for our values.”
The lecture was hosted by the Policy Exchange and delivered by Lord Moore, official biographer of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Baroness Thatcher led Britain’s response to the invasion of the Falklands by Argentina. According to Mr Ben Wallace, this conflict still holds lessons for Britain’s actions on the international stage today.
Wallace insisted: “Distance should not deter Britain [from standing up to ‘bullies’], nor will the scale of the challenge. “History is littered with the consequences of those who underestimated this small island.
Moments before relaying the UK’s commitments to the Falklands, Mr Wallace highlighted his awareness of “the events in Europe this week”, referring to Russia’s positioning on the border of Ukraine.
The alternative to both of these interpretations is that Mr Wallace had no specific enemy in mind but, rather, was talking more broadly about Britain’s readiness to stand in defense of itself and the Falklands should “enemies” – near of far – display aggression.
“Threats to our country, our people, our allies and out territory come from any direction and at any time. “We must always be ready and we must always invest in our armed forces over the long term.”
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Ronald Reagan ,''Certainly, we will never alter our view that a people must ultimately determine their own future and certainly we mean this in regard to the people on the Falklands'' (Reagan -Thatcher White House Communication Nov 4 1982, para 2)Jan 12th, 2022 - 11:23 am +3
Well said Minister Wallace. Bravo! In this year of the 40th anniversary of Argentines invading our home with military force, is it not time to see more of a response to their constant bullying, and less of the diplomatic patience usually demonstrated?Jan 12th, 2022 - 10:07 am +1
Steve PottsJan 12th, 2022 - 03:55 pm +1
I’m not sure which infuriated the Argentine Government more. The tremendous active support given to British forces by the US to repel the Argentine invading forces or; the tremendous active support given to the British forces by Chile to repel the Argentine invading forces.
We remain ever-grateful for both packages of effort.