Argentina wants to own the Falklands Islands, this much is well known.
Recently their government has decided to release an advert promoting their hopes for the London 2012 Olympics.
You might be wondering how these two things are going to link up.
If you dont know this story already, I bet now your mind is turning trying to figure out how they connect. You've probably got ideas forming but they all seem pretty ridiculous.
Let's see if they are more ridiculous than the truth.
Argentina put out an Olympic advert that shows one of their athletes training on the Falklands islands (the adverts calling them the Malvinas, the Argentine word for them.)
He works out on the steps of a WW1 war memorial to British dead and seemingly collapses are doing one press up (Dunno why they made it look that way...)
In the end the message comes up saying-
"To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil"Here is a link, if it doesnt work you can easily youtube it and see the advert for yourself.
What could be more in keeping with the Olympic spirit than using them as an excuse to push a political message while insulting the host nation.
Argentine Government = CLASSY!
I still can't get my head round the issues of the Falklands.
I know I am bias, being English, but hard as I try I cant understand the Argentine claim.
They haven't owned the islands for close 200 years.
They were not the first nation to claim ownership of the islands.
They are not hte last to claim ownership.
They have not owned them the longest.
And most damning of all, everyone on the Island doesn't want to be part of Argentina.
The only claims seem to be "we owned it at one time" (by which logic wouldn't Argentina need to give its land back to the original native kingdoms that lived there?) and "it's nearer to them than England" (by which logic if someone owns a holiday home near my house I am allowed to take it over, because it is nearer to my home then theirs.)
Is there another argument, beyond this vague assertions of the British Colonialism?
Can anyone tell me one? I don't get it.
The most telling part of this advert is not what it shows, but what it leaves out.
Where are the people? Where are the islanders?
Much like Argentine foriegn policy, the advert likes to pretend there is no one living on the Island expressing an opinion that the Argentine government does not want to hear.
I think everyone has the right to self determination and to force people to join your nation against their will by invading them because you want their land, is...last time I check... colonialism.
How do you say Irony in Spanish?