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Argentina started the Malvinas war, but has yet to admit “we lost that war,” Lanata said

Saturday, January 21st 2023 - 10:28 UTC
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''Yes, of course war was started by Argentina. And even worse, to this day we don't understand that we lost that war. Malvinas belongs to the collective imagination of the Argentine people” ''Yes, of course war was started by Argentina. And even worse, to this day we don't understand that we lost that war. Malvinas belongs to the collective imagination of the Argentine people”

“The Falklands/Malvinas war was triggered by Argentina and what we Argentines do not understand is that we lost that war. Malvinas belongs to the collective imagination of Argentina”. Statements from Argentine renowned independent journalist Jorge Lanata, recently interviewed by a Chilean television program on the current situation and prospects n the neighboring country.

In a long but enjoyable interview in which the Chilean journalist tries to understand what is going on in Argentina, the so called social gap, the political caste and the recurrent collapses of the Argentine economy, particularly since all Argentines seem to be divided in irreconcilable positions in all issues: soccer, food, politics... Lanata is asked about the Falklands/Malvinas war, “an issue in which there seems to be a no division, or at least there are no explicit divided opinions among Argentines and that is Malvinas...

”Ah yes, but no, because here also I have a rare position when it comes to Malvinas. In the sixties the Islands were very much integrated to Argentina. Argentine post office operated from the Malvinas, so was YPF, we had regular flights between the Islands and the continent with an Argentine state flag carrier, Lade, we had teachers that travelled to and from the Islands, we had scholarships for Malvinas children to study in Argentina and even health care and hospital attention in Argentina, relations with the continent were intense...“

But, ''Yes, of course war was started by Argentina. And even worse, to this day we don't understand that we lost that war. Malvinas belongs to the collective imagination of the Argentine people”, added Lanata one of the most acknowledged investigative reporters for this exposure of excesses of all Argentine governments.

“The war started by Argentina set all the sixties back. We have to again start to slowly integrate the Islands as then. It was madness, and is part of the collective imagination. Definitively we lost the war.”

Furthermore, “we talk about Malvinas as if there were no people in the Islands. Imagine tomorrow we recover the Islands,...what are we going to do with them? with the 2,500 people, permanent residents of the Islands? Are we going to give them social dole plans? What the hell are we going to do with all those people? Do you understand what I mean?”

Finally the Chilean interviewer recalls that Lanata in some of his videos, or films on the Malvinas, never mentioned Falklands or Port Stanley, but rather Malvinas and Puerto Argentino/Stanley. Lanata admits the issue but also underlines, “I'm Argentine, I can't do that, mention that..”

And what about Chilean support for UK during the war, Lanata did not see it as something big, “The fact is that for some strange reasons, which I can't work out or understand, Argentines don't tolerate Chileans, and the other way around is also true. Maybe Chileans envy Argentina when it was a first line country, it is hard to understand, the fact is Argentines and Chileans have a difficult relation”, concluded Lanata.

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  • border rover

    I don't quite understand your point Brasileiro. The formation of military bases on your or your neighbours' territories is your choice, no other country is going to instal a military presence unless you invite them. Why exactly does Argentina so desperately need to strengthen its armed forces ? Who is threatening Argentina? Are any of its neighbours seeking a confrontation? Are any of the BRICS members considering attacking Argentina?
    A bit more common sense and a lot less paranoia is what's needed !

    Jan 21st, 2023 - 03:18 pm +6
  • Don Alberto

    Some nutter writes: “Argentina needs and must update its Armed Forces!”

    Why?
    Which country is Argentina planning to attack this time?

    Jan 21st, 2023 - 04:15 pm +5
  • Steve Potts

    Trimonde

    It was an illegal invasion of British sovereign territory, a shameful act - try reading the UN Charter which 'Narnia' has signed.

    Jan 22nd, 2023 - 10:25 am +3
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