Tuesday, February 06, 2007

An alternate view of the Falklands war

An Argentine history of the 1982 'Malvinas' affair contains this rather sobering conclusion: 'For next time--and may God grant that diplomacy will preclude any such next time--London will not enjoy the same advantages (except, possibly, U.S. support): our bombs will go off, our torpedoes will work, and our men will be properly trained for such a battle.... And, just like the Phoenix, from the ashes of the historical events narrated here a new April 2, 1982, will arise that will find the people of Argentina united behind a cause they will never renounce'.

The translator's note is also worth reading: 'Then it happened! Screaming out of the skies like avenging angels, the daring pilots of the Argentine Air Force rewrote the book on naval warfare, chalked up crushing blows against the oncoming foe, and came back again and again. What had been touted by the British as a "walkover" became a proud page in the air force's history that earned it worldwide admiration, even from its adversaries'.

-- Rue'ben Moro (Michael Valeur, tr.), The History of the South Atlantic Conflict: The War for the Malvinas (New York: Praeger, 1989), translation of La Guerra Inaudita: Historia del Conflicto del Atlantico Sur (Buenos Aires: Editorial Pleamar, 1985), pp. 341, xiv


At 9:17 AM, Blogger http://wimw-conant.blogspot.com said...

Interesting point, they were proud of their suicide missions with Exocet missiles. Silly and pointless but it helped their pride.


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