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    One week from today, nearly 3,000 citizens of the Falkland Islands will celebrate for the 30th time the memory of one of freedom’s great advocates.  January 10 in that self-governing British territory is Margaret Thatcher Day.

    These islands, thousands of miles from London, have a special reason to toast one of Britain’s greatest prime ministers.  Her resolution and British strength defended their freedom from a grasping dictatorship in Argentina.

    In 1982, facing internal dissent over infringements on rights and a tanking economy, Argentina’s overlords decided to create an external enemy.  They believed that they could assert a bad claim to the islands, conquer them, and win a war without a fight against Great Britain.  Such a triumph would supposedly make the tyrants popular again. Or so they thought.

    They had not reckoned on Margaret Thatcher.

    She and her countrymen knew that, despite their closeness to the Argentine coast, the island population had always been primarily British. The United States had briefly claimed them in the 1830s, but could not populate the barren rocks.  Ownership passed to Britain. A stream of hardy settlers established commercial agriculture and a naval station.  Thus the land was cleanly colonized since no natives lived there prior to British settlement. 

    For 150 years, the people lived in peace, menaced briefly during the World Wars by German warships. Otherwise they lived calmly, until 1982 when Argentine military forces stormed the quiet, defenseless territory. 

    Thatcher went immediately to the House of Commons to deliver a dramatic account of the invasion.  She also conveyed British determination to liberate the islands and their people.

    The Prime Minister later wrote that everyone knew that a British victory would be difficult, “but when you are at war you cannot allow the difficulties to dominate your thinking: you have to set out with an iron will to overcome them.”

    Thatcher continued in a Churchillian vein. “And anyway what was the alternative?  That a common or garden dictator should rule over the Queen’s subjects and prevail by fraud and violence?  Not while I was Prime Minister.”

    They needn’t have worried.  British skill and courage quickly swept the Argentines from the islands before the end of the year.  Early in 1983, Thatcher herself visited the islands to check on their rebuilding efforts.  A grateful people proclaimed January 10 “Margaret Thatcher Day” to remember their resilience and her determination.  Within two years, a new constitution promised the people complete self-determination.

    To this day, they resolutely express their desire to remain British. 

    If only Argentina had retired their imperialist dreams with their resounding defeat in 1982.

    Over the past year, the discovery of oil pools near the islands inspired a new wave of Argentinian bellicosity.  Although the British remain defiant, mixed messages from Washington encourage them to push harder. 

    Obama’s foreign policy blundering has moved the conflict closer to war.  He actually referred to the islands by their Argentinian name, the latest in a series of insults against our British partners.  The free British citizens of the Falkland Islands once more must face the fear of conquest and war through no provocation of their own.

    Argentina will seize upon the slightest pretext to claim support.  In 1982, they misinterpreted President Reagan’s desire for peace as support for their cause.  He proved them dead wrong, saying that Britain had “no choice but to proceed with military action based on the right of self-defense.” 

    Those threatened by aggression need to hear our voice.  Every American should stand with the people of the Falkland Islands on January 10 and celebrate that hero of freedom, Margaret Thatcher.


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