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lagatta

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Argentina's Falklands/Malvinas veterans: cannon fodder
« on: April 03, 2007, 12:09:17 PM »
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"The war was improvised," says Alonso. "The junta wanted the invasion to distract people from resistance to the regime." On March 30, 1982, the unions had called for a mass demonstration against the dictatorship. Three days later, the Argentinian invasion of the Malvinas began. "We were cannon fodder in a war we couldn't win."

Today the war is considered a national humiliation, just like the dictatorship under which about 30,000 people "disappeared." "Most Argentinians have never been to the Malvinas. The war hardly touched them," says sociologist Pedro Brieger. The veterans received no pension until 1991 and many were forced to go begging. They collected money for wheelchairs and artificial limbs on the suburban trains and buses of Buenos Aires.


"Cannon Fodder in a War We Couldn't Wn"

I know Pedro Brieger, by the way. Glad he is promoting their cause. He was an exile from the dictatorship.
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Argentina's Falklands/Malvinas veterans: cannon fodder
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2007, 01:34:29 PM »
How despicable  :evil: Aren't the war mongers always the same:

rah rah you are all heroes fighting for our freedoms blah blah blah

fuck you losers, we don't want to be reminded of our failure blah blah

I was shocked by the number of Vietnam vets living on the streets and begging when I first visited San Francisco. The recent scandal at the Walter Reed medical centre in the US is another example of how war mongers treat their foot soldiers.
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Argentina's Falklands/Malvinas veterans: cannon fodder
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2007, 01:21:45 PM »
If they managed to:
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They collected money for wheelchairs and artificial limbs on the suburban trains and buses of Buenos Aires.


then the Argentinians (Buenos Airians?) should be admired for it - even as their government was a bunch of slugs.
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Re: Argentina's Falklands/Malvinas veterans: cannon fodder
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2010, 07:25:57 PM »
Around 1998 there was some drilling for gas and oil in the area of the Falklands./Malvinas. Even if the formation was 'interesting' they found no commercials deposits.

They are back ... a company called Rockhopper seems to be leading the charge.

Even if results so far have been less than encouraging ... as one contributers observes:
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Actually the East coast of Canada had quite a few wells drilled before anything was found. There is quite a lot of drilling required to establish reservoir and rock types and their relative distribution. When drilling stratigraphic tests in a new basin the odds of finding anything with the first wells is very very low. Quite frequently it is only after compiling the petrophysical data from logs and core and then tying it in with seismic that one can characterize where hydrocarbons might be trapped. Also, not surprisingly, in a new expensive area there is quite tight security on what, if anything, was found.
"It is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they are confirmed by theory." -- Arthur Stanley Eddington

 

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