August 09, 2006
Meanwhile, in South Looneyville
Posted by scott at August 09, 2006 09:22 AM
Having solved all other problems, Argentina seems to be determined to dredge up some old ones:
It seems an unlikely scrap of land to squabble over. Treeless, remote, and blasted by the full fury of the South Atlantic, the Falkland Islands are home to less than 3,000 people, and thrilling only to those who love nature, big winds, and spectacular isolation.
But Britain and Argentina considered the archipelago important enough to fight over in 1982. And suddenly, unobtrusively, a new row is simmering over the British-owned outcrop, known universally in South America as Las Malvinas.
I don't think I ever will understand the Latin personality.
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Most governments south of the Rio Grande are either fascist or communist, and most often switch violently between the two every decade or so. People who think the Republicans are in any way comparable to fascists, or the Democrats to communists, ought to spend a year or ten south of the border and see what it's really like.
Of course, both fascists and communists require an enemy to fight. And if the fight against domestic enemies is going poorly? Pick a fight against someone else!
And if you think that "wag the dog" politics is being practiced by Bush (or was practiced by Clinton), please move to Argentina and find out what REALLY happens to a country whose politicians are that casual about sending troops out to get killed for political points.