The First Myth: The Military Venture
To begin with, this idea has been belied by the ruling issued by the Federal Court of Appeals on October the 31st of 1988, which matches the arguments posed by the attorneys for the Defense and the Appeal Prosecutor (on July the 26th, 1988).
The Federal Court of Appeals ruling acknowledged that the aggression had been initiated by Great Britain, therefore the Argentinean Republic acted in self-defense.
By no means was the disembarkment on the Falkland islands a military venture; as a matter of fact, it was the Argentinean government’s attempt to prevent the militarization of the South Atlantic (which is today pompously called the “Falklands Fortress”).
Once the South Georgia islands incident took place (involving Argentinean CIVILIAN workers), the Argentinean diplomacy attempted to deflate the inflated importance given by Great Britain.
This has been acknowledged by the official British report, the Franks report.
Instead, Great Britain blew the incident out of proportions in the following ways:
- The British diplomacy sent ultimatums to the Argentinean government (“remove the workers, or we will remove them by force”).
- Great Britain sent surface vessels to the area: the “Endurance”, the “Bransfield”, and the “John Biscoe”.
- The British mass media did not speak of an incident taking place on the South Georgia islands, but informed about an invasion to the Falkland islands.
- The British parliament spoke openly about militarizing the South Atlantic ocean in the March 23 debates.
However, the Argentinean government did not took any decisions yet. The order to have troops disembarking on April 2 —which was the start of the glorious Argentinean feat— was made as late as on March the 26th.
Because on March the 25th, information was leaked from London that a nuclear submarine had been sent to the South Atlantic.
A nuclear submarine —an instrument with a massive fire power— stationed in the vicinities of the Falklands would make it impossible to resort to any other option than being tied to the “negotiations”.
The result of these negotiations was, is nowadays, and will go on being pointless, unless the ruling issued by the Federal Court of Appeals is enforced at a national and INTERNATIONAL level.
That is to say, by having a nuclear submarine stationed in the Falklands area, Great Britain would have commenced the militarization of the South Atlantic WITHOUT PAYING ANY COST.
For this reason, the disembarkment of troops was decided at that time, and this was considered a valid measure by the Federal Court of Appeals.
This is certainly not a military venture.