History repeating itself, with an anti-Western twist

A generation ago, in order to deflect internal dissension and unify the country around their regime, the dictatorial and murderous Argentine generals invaded the Falkland Islands, a British territory. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and diplomatically backed by the U.S. under President Ronald Reagan, Britain successfully defended the Falklands, and as a result the generals’ regime collapsed. Civilization 1, Barbarism 0. Today, a corrupt and lawless Argentinian government, in order to deflect internal dissension and unify the country around itself, and backed by the leftist dictator of Venezuela, is again sending its (weak and pathetic) navy to test British ownership of the Falklands. But this time, the U.S., under the leadership of an antiwhite, anti-British president, and through the mouthpiece of his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is supporting Argentina.

Given the nature of the current British regime, would anyone be surprised if Britain yielded?

Hillary with the Argentinian president, who is also
the wife of the former and future Argentinian president

Betraying freedom in Latin America
Ralph Peters
New York Post
March 3, 2010

I was wrong. For years, I’ve argued that our government should pay more attention to South America. Now Hillary Clinton has—and, boy, is it ugly.

With tragic back-to-back earthquakes dominating the headlines from south of the border, a desperate ploy by the hard-left Argentine government—backed by Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez—threatens to shake the continent’s political landscape.

And Secretary of State Clinton, during her whirlwind tour down south, managed to outrage our British allies and assist despised President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in her family’s assault on Argentine democracy.

ReutersTreacherous tango: Clinton (r.) danced to tune of Argentina’s Fernandez, a Chavez ally.

Clinton’s diplomatic malfeasance in Buenos Aires wasn’t an accident. She spoke for President Obama, who loves Third World liberation rhetoric and seems to think Britain’s still colonizing his family home in Kenya.

Here’s the backstory that our media’s ignored:

Longing to be another Eva Peron, President Fernandez resembles Eva Braun. And her would-be dynast husband, ex-Prez Nestor Kirchner, sees himself as a Juan Peron for the 21st century.

But the people of Argentina have caught on to the Kirchner mob’s bid to subvert their democracy—after this husband-and-wife team wrecked the economy, broke the agricultural sector and nationalized (the left’s word for “stole”) the nation’s private pension funds.

Hubby wants to return to the Casa Rosada after wifey’s term expires. The snag is that these crooks have the support of fewer than one in five Argentines.

Their solution? Wave the flag!

Previously uninterested in the Falkland/Malvinas—where the Brits trounced the Argentines in 1982—the Kirchners suddenly discovered that the islands are an oppressed colony that belongs to Buenos Aires. (Forget that the islands’ English-speaking population wants no part of Argentina.)

President Fernandez threw a “patriotic” tantrum, blocking commerce with the islands (which mostly hurts Argentina’s business and shipping communities). Then she ordered a warship—one of the few seaworthy hulls left to the Argentine Navy—to probe the waters surrounding the Falkands/Malvinas.

A British destroyer sent the Argentine corvette packing. Which led another regional hustler to warn the Queen of England that “this time, Argentina will not stand alone!”

Who was demonstrating solidarity? Our buddy Hugo Chavez—whose military could no more get to the Falklands in force than I could swim to China.

Did I mention the oil? The Falklands/Malvinas appear to have significant deposits. Development is getting underway. The Kirchners—who’ve drained the national treasury—smell money.

Argentina appears to have plenty of off-shore oil of its own—but no foreign firms trust the current government, so there’s no investment in exploration (let alone development).

The Obama administration at first took a neutral position on the Argentine saber-rattling. Bad enough. Then, on Monday, Clinton stood side by side with the Argentine president and backed her insistence that Britain negotiate the future of the islands with Argentina.

Imagine if Britain told us we should negotiate the status of Puerto Rico with Hugo Chavez. This story ain’t going to have a happy ending, folks.

(And all this comes just a few months after Team Obama got huevos on its face by siding with Chavez’s ally, deposed President Manuel Zelaya, against the friends of democracy in Honduras.)

Meanwhile, my personal sympathies aren’t just with our British allies (now bleeding beside us in Afghanistan), but also with the new generation of Argentina’s military officers—despised and betrayed by the leftist mob in power.

This isn’t the old junta-era military. Today’s Argentine colonels and brigadiers were the junior officers abandoned on the front lines by their superiors during the Falklands War. As lieutenants and captains, they were left to fight—often courageously—with untrained soldiers, incompetent orders, and no supplies—not even cold-weather gear in the brutal South Atlantic winter.

Genuine patriots, the best of those officers stayed in uniform, struggling to modernize Argentina’s armed forces and embed them firmly in the democratic system. Now the Kirchners are setting them up for another humiliation: After starving the armed forces for years, they’re using them as props in an inept game of brinksmanship.

Those officers don’t want war. They’re plenty brave, but they know they have less chance of imposing a military solution on Britain than they did 28 years ago. They don’t want to waste the blood of their troops and see their country shamed again.

But the Kirchners wouldn’t mind a conflict that let them play the nationalist card. For his part, Chavez would love it.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is being either incompetent, malevolent—or both. How can we back intimate allies of Hugo Chavez against not only Britain, but against the Argentine people as they struggle to reclaim their democracy?

My advice? Yanquis, go home!

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N. writes:

Man, that image of the current President Kirchner of Argentina with Secretary of State Clinton is pretty bad. Even when she was up in years, Eva Peron would never have appeared in public looking like an aging flower child that just got out of bed and hasn’t yet brushed her hair. Never mind the fact that the Perons at least delivered some (looted) goods to the Argentinians for a while, this Evita-wannabe is just pathetic to look at, and thus has utterly no glamor.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 03, 2010 07:45 PM | Send

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