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Spain, Argentina Join Forces against the British


Last week we reported that Spain’s scandal-hit administration was trying to prop up its popularity at home by stirring up a territorial dispute with the UK over Gibraltar. Despite Spanish threats and painfully long lines at the Gibraltar-Spanish border crossing, though, the British have shown no interest in opening any sort of negotiations on Gibraltar’s status.

Now El Pais and the Guardian are reporting that the Spaniards are looking to take the dispute to the UN—and have found an ally. Argentina is looking to form a united front in pushing the British on their territorial claims on the Falkland Islands. According to the Guardian:

Argentina has a two-year term as non-permanent member of the UN’s security council and could potentially use its position to put discussions about Gibraltar on the agenda.

The country’s president, Cristina Kirchner, used a meeting of the council this week to renew demands for talks over the sovereignty of the Falklands.

As both countries attempt to use international institutions to hold Britain’s feet to the fire, London maintains its stance on both Gibraltar and the Falklands:

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “Our policy on Gibraltar has not changed and is consistent with our policy on other overseas territories. Self-determination matters more than territorial integrity.

“The people of Gibraltar have repeatedly and overwhelmingly expressed their wish to remain under British sovereignty.”

Just like in Gibraltar, the people of the Falklands have never shown the slightest desire to become Argentine. Argentina and Spain have a lot more in common than old territorial disputes with the British. Both have troubled economies and skyrocketing unemployment. Playing the nationalist card has always been a good way to whip up populist sentiment and distract from the regimes’ inability to effectively govern. As Argentinian and Spanish diplomats join hands to howl at the British—and David Cameron takes up the cloak of Margaret Thatcher and bellows back—all parties are likely hoping the noise averts eyes from more serious problems back home.

[Gibraltar image courtesy of Andrew Griffith]

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  • Corlyss

    If the UN takes up the issue, how like them. The middle east is burning down and the UN fiddles with the irrelevant.

  • Alexander Scipio

    Maybe it’s time for the Anglosphere to take a long, serious look at the absurdity the UN has become – and ask themselves the value of remaining in that orgainzation. The nation that gave the world representative democracy (Britain), and the nation that saved representative democracy more than once, need to consider the domination of the UN by non-representative regimes, reach the logical conclusion that the wrong result (tyranny) arrived at by the right methods (democrat voting) is STILL the wrong result. As in the current view of the editors of the Economist that the Generals ought not to have overthrown Mursi (because he was elected), leaders need to grasp that a process alone (representative democracy refined in the West over thousands of years), when not accompanied by Western Liberal behaviors and systems, is not the correct process when the result is tyranny – as in the recent experiment in totalitarian Islamist Egypt. Too many leaders of the West have decided voting is the goal, rather than accepting that good governance in the goal, and voting only one way to get there – a way that requires the millennia-long societal evolution of, basically, the Anglosphere alone.

  • So Freaky

    And once Sean Penn joins in, the Axis of Idiocy will be complete, imperial Britain finally doomed.

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