Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Why Hugo Chavez Is The Man

There's been a little storm brewing in the Falklands since a British oil company; Desire Petroleum began drilling for oil. The dispute over the Falklands dates back to the 19th century, when the islands were seized by the British. Argentina has sought their return ever since, invading in April 1982 and holding them until June, when British forces retook the territory. Full diplomatic relations were restored in 1990 and both sides have since largely agreed to disagree on the issue of sovereignty. But anger over the issue still lingers and has been exacerbated by the prospect that Argentina could lose out on mineral wealth discovered offshore.

The issue had been relatively calm until a British oil exploration company recently announced drilling plans there. Desire Petroleum PLC said that it has started drilling for oil about 60 miles north of the disputed Falkland Islands, despite strong opposition from Argentina. The country claims the south Atlantic islands as its own and calls them Las Malvinas. "The well is being drilled to an estimated target depth of circa 3,500 meters (11,500 feet)," the company said in a statement. "Drilling operations are expected to take approximately 30 days."

...In oppostion to the drilling, Latin American and Caribbean nations have backed Argentina's claim of sovereignty to the Falkland Islands in a growing dispute with Britain over plans to drill for oil off the islands in the Atlantic. In a public address to the Queen Elizabeth II, Hugo Chavez said:  "Look, England, how long are you going to be in Las Malvinas? Queen of England, I'm talking to you," said Mr Chavez. The time for empires are over, haven't you noticed? Return the Malvinas to the Argentine people."
Still addressing the Queen, he went on: "The English are still threatening Argentina. Things have changed. We are no longer in 1982. If conflict breaks out, be sure Argentina will not be alone like it was back then." He described British control of the islands in the South Atlantic as "anti-historic and irrational" and asked "why the English speak of democracy but still have a Queen".

President of the Argentina, Mrs F deKirchner sought to win new allies in Argentina's claims to the islands when she made a direct appeal for support at a meeting in Mexico of the Rio Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries. Venezuela and Nicaragua rallied to Argentina's side even before Mrs de Krichner's appeal, and it was reported that Brazil was ready to support any resolution backing Argentina's sovereignty claims.

....Maybe the Brits needed to be violently colonized and have foreign powers support internal coups in the last 50 years so they might begin to understand why Caribbean and Latin American countries have taken a united stand in support of Kirchner. Chavez is not a crazy man like the Plantation media likes to report. I find this whole brouhaha to be quite hilarous - apparently Chavez stepped out of line by addressing the Queenn so directly - errr excuse me whose Queen is she? Whose protocol? The Brits. Is Chavez a Brit? No. This is public dialogue between international diplomats. If the Brits themselves are constantly debating whether the monarchy is a relic of the past and whether Britain should become a Republic then why the sudden rise to Her Majesty's defence? ....Because of oil and the delusions of imperial superiority...
400 years later and hypocrisy is still not a good look.

bits of this story and the pic were taken from www.telegraph.co.uk