Monday, February 13, 2012

Sean Penn Interjects Himself into the Falklands' Situation

(Note: this is a copy of a post from my other blog included here to supplement prior posts concerning Argentina's imperialistic ambitions toward the Falkland Islands).

I've written before, at my other blog, about the war of words over the Falkland Islands. (See, e.g., here, here, here and here). Argentina wants the island chain even though it has never exercised control over the islands before (other than a brief military occupation following its prior invasion of the Islands in the 80's), and the inhabitants are of English descent. The Falkland Islands legislature has recently reaffirmed its commitment to self-determination.
... last month Grenada hosted the Seventh Ministerial UK-Caribbean Forum where an Action Plan was agreed which among other points it specifically recognized the right of self determination for the Falkland Islanders. The meeting was attended by the UK government, Foreign Secretary William Hague and members of the Caribbean Community organization, CARICOM.

“To support the principle and the right to self determination for all peoples, including the Falkland Islanders, recognising the historical importance of self-determination in the political development of the Caribbean, and its core status as an internationally agreed principle under the United Nations Charter” said the statement agreed by the forum.

The Falkland Islanders remain a small, distinct and resolute island people. Like many peoples around the world, many of the Islanders can trace their families back over several generations, having arrived from Europe through natural waves of ‘free choice’ migration in the mid-1800s.

The people of the Falkland Islands descend from the first known people to have settled the Falkland Islands over generations, as it had no indigenous population.

Many advances have been made in the constitutional relationship between the Falklands and the UK. It is a relationship based on partnership, shared values and the right of the Falkland Islanders to determine whether they wish to retain their link with the UK.

The Falkland Islands Constitution devolves responsibility for all issues, with the exception of defence and foreign affairs. The Falklands has developed its own full legislative and executive branches of government, with a dedicated civil service to implement Falklands’ government policy.
The British government has also insisted on the Islanders' right to self-determination.
Britain will defend the Falkland Islands' right to self-determination, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Thursday after Argentina said it would complain to the UN over the disputed territory.

"As long as the people of the Falkland Islands want to maintain that status, we will make sure that they do and we will defend the Falkland Islands properly to make sure that is the case," Cameron told reporters in Stockholm.
Argentina is lusting after potential oil-fields in the island chain and, accordingly, doesn't want to have anything to do with ludicrous and archaic ideas such as "self-determination," "freedom," or "democracy." Wanting to boost its position, Argentina apparently has hired or induced Sean Penn, the well known fascist (although I think he is actually a closet monarchist), to help on the P.R. side of things. Penn has come through:

At a meeting with Argentine president Cristina Kirchner, the Left-wing Hollywood actor referred to the islands "the Malvinas Islands of Argentina" and said Britain should entered into a UN-sponsored dialogue over their sovereignty.

"The world today is not going to tolerate any ludicrous and archaic commitment to colonialist ideology," he said during the meeting in Buenos Aires.

“I know I came in a very sensitive moment in terms of diplomacy between Argentina and the UK over the Malvinas islands.

"And I hope that diplomats can establish true dialogue in order to solve the conflict as the world today cannot tolerate ridiculous demonstrations of colonialism.
Translating the Newspeak, what Penn is stating is that it is irrelevant what the people of Czechoslovakia the Falklands want, and that this is an issue to be decided between Britain and Germany Argentina, but only if Britain agrees to Germany Argentina annexing Czechoslovakia the Falklands. Otherwise, PM Chamberlain Cameron is just an imperialistic pig.

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