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Friday, May 4, 2012

The Shameful Cynicism of Cristina de Cretin

What is the matter with the Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner? I mean, just what the screaming f*** is the matter with her?

Does she want another war with Britain over the Falkland Islands? Does she not remember Argentina lost the last one, which, incidentally, was an avoidable, pointless and shameful waste of hundreds of young lives.

Her latest disgraceful stunt is broadcasting a political advert showing an Argentine sportsman exercising on the steps of a British First World War memorial in the Falklands. In a reference to the London Olympics, at which he will compete, the advert ends with the slogan: "To compete on British Soil, we train on Argentine soil.”

There’s only one small problem with that message – it’s not Argentine soil! Argentina’s links to the Falklands are as tenuous as Mitt Romney’s are to consistency and authenticity.

President Kirchner’s fiery talk of British colonialism would be funny if the consequences weren’t so potentially deadly. Does she not read history books? Argentina is the result of colonialism. It didn’t exist before the Spanish rocked up in the 16th Century. If historic colonialism requires retrospective remedy then Argentina should cease to exist and the Diaguita and the Guarani should be given their land back.

But don’t get me wrong. Sure, I’m a Brit, but my interest in the future of the Falklands isn’t jingoistic: it’s simply because I believe in what’s right and fair. Doesn’t everybody?

Apparently not. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner doesn’t give a toss. With breath-taking cynicism she exploits the political value of the Falklands despite the incendiary nature of the subject. And despite the fact people died there because another Argentine politician – the late, but not lamented, General Leopoldo Galtieri -- decided to prop up his own regime by stirring up nationalism over the Falklands.

Only a massively ignorant prick would be unable to see through this risible woman’s rhetoric to her real agenda. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Sean Penn...

Seriously, the future of the Falklands should be decided by quiet diplomacy, cool heads, common sense, and – funnily enough – the people who live there. Instead, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is happy to do a political dance on the graves of men who would still be alive were it not for the kind of reprehensible dog-whistle politics she seems to favour.

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