John Waters ashamed of Britain’s Colonial Past, wants to force the British on the Falkland Islands to become Argentine

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 3rd, 2012

Week in Review

Once again the Falkland Islands are back in the news.  And the Argentines are calling the UK pig-dog colonialists.  Again.  Why, one could say that this ongoing dispute is just Another Brick in the Wall (see Roger Waters says Falkland Islands are Argentinian in reported comments by Uki Goni posted 2/28/2012 on The Guardian).

“I am as ashamed as I possibly could be of our colonial past,” Waters is reported to have said to TVN journalist Amaro Gómez-Pablos. When asked if the islands are British or Argentinian, Waters reportedly replied: “I think they should be Argentinian.”

Actually, as an American, I’m rather ecstatic about Britain’s colonial past.  As I’m sure the Canadians are (except, perhaps, the Francophile Quebeckers).  And the Australians.  The New Zealanders.  The South Africans.  The Indians.  Sure, we didn’t always see eye to eye but look at us now.  Some of the best places to live in the world were once part of the mighty British Empire.  So even though I’ll never bow to British Royalty, I gotta tip my hat to the British.  Their agricultural advances, representative government and capitalism sure made the world a better place.

And as far as Waters’ opinion on conflict resolution, suffice it to say I’ll listen to him when David Gilmour joins him on tour.

“My view is that certainly it saved Margaret Thatcher’s political career at the time at the cost of a great many Argentine and British lives, which disgusted me then and still does now. I was never a huge fan of Margaret Thatcher,” Waters told the press conference in Chile.

Waters arrived on the heels of the American actor Sean Penn, who sparked controversy two weeks ago when he lambasted Britain for what he termed “ludicrous and archaic colonialism” in the Falklands after meeting with President Kirchner in his role as special ambassador for Haiti.

Saved Margaret Thatcher’s political career?  So the Falklands War was a political diversion?  Funny.  Because it was the Argentines who were suffering under human rights violations under a military junta and economic despair at that time.  Who invaded the Falkland Islands to divert Argentines from their despair.  Thinking the British wouldn’t fight for these islands.  The problem was, though, that those living on the islands were for all intents and purposes British.  And they wanted to remain British.  Which they still do to this day. 

The Falkland Islands were uninhabited when the British first landed there.  They claimed the islands and left.  Then the French came in and did the same.  And built a settlement.  Then the British came back.  Then the French ceded their settlement to the Spanish.  And the Spanish kicked the British out.  Then the Argentines kicked the Spanish out of Argentina.  And claimed all Spanish territory around them.  Including the islands.  Which they took.  For about a decade.  Then the British came back in 1833 and have been there ever since. 

Argentina is as much a colonial power in the Falklands as the British, the French and the Spanish.  Something that Waters and Penn simply overlook.  And the only reason Argentina is interested once again in these islands is because the British have discovered oil deposits off their shores.  Something else Waters and Penn conveniently overlook.

Which just goes to show you when it comes to geopolitics perhaps we shouldn’t listen to actors and musicians.  As good as they are in their respective fields they seem to be a bit too eager to join in on the side of the underdog just to stick it to the big dog.

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