A Damn Close-Run Thing: A Brief History of the Falklands by Russell Phillips

By Russell Phillips

In 1982, the common Briton didn't understand the Falkland Islands existed, not to mention their prestige as a disputed British territory simply off the coast of Argentina. that modified while the Argentinians invaded the islands and beaten the small protecting strength. either international locations claimed the islands have been theirs, yet now Argentina notion the British could supply them up with out a fight.

They have been wrong.

Britain despatched a job strength into the South Atlantic to re-take the islands, and the quick, excessive conflict that was--in the phrases of Major-General Sir John Jeremy Moore--"a rattling close-run thing."

This brief heritage sums up the occasions best as much as the conflict and its significant army activities together with information of an Argentinian plan to sink a Royal military send in Gibraltar harbour (foiled on the final minute via Spanish police) and an audacious British plan to land SAS squaddies in Argentina to break Exocet-carrying plane whereas they have been nonetheless at the floor.

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Imperialism, domination of world oil was a key mechanism for retaining the loyalty of its European and Japanese allies, controlling the Third World, containing the Soviet Union, and through all of this, achieving world hegemony. From the standpoint of the Third World countries, control over their oil resources was a vital pathway to economic development, independent national power, and genuine (as opposed to bogus neocolonial) sovereignty. ” Globally, two areas contained the richest oil and gas resources in the 1970s: the littoral of the Gulf of Mexico, stretching from the Louisiana coast through Mexico’s Campeche Bay to Venezuela, and the Middle East.

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N. Roy—Lenin argued in favor of alliance with nonCommunist but “anti-imperialist” movements such as those led by Reza Khan in Iran, Ataturk in Turkey, and Sun Yat-sen in China. 13 Mao spent a lifetime developing Lenin’s theory of the united front. Mao’s thinking about the united front changed as China’s international situation changed and as he struggled to apply the united front to that ever-changing situation. Consequently the targets to be attacked by that united front and the potential members of the united front (the crucial question of “enemies and friends” in Mao’s lexicon) and the forms of struggle deemed most e‹cacious, varied in Mao’s thinking from period to period.

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