After the announcements about next yearâ€™s commemorations I had a look on a few news websites on the current diplomatic situation with Argentina. Over the last couple of years it seems theyâ€™ve been upping the ante on their claim to the islands again. Also anyone else noticed the vast amount of Argentine posted anti-UK videos on youtube.com??? Clearly still a very popular issue! Surely they wouldnâ€™t try and claim them by force again? Would they?
I think that is the general feeling, mainly due to present commitments around the globe, as well as the air defence gap.
A senior colleague of mine did, however, point out that although the UK does have a smaller military now than in 1982, we are more flexible and have some good hardware: - newer subs with TLAM etc, T23 with sea wolf etc, flexible LPH/CVS, Apaches, new LPDs, new LSD(A)s and so on. Also Argentine forces are considerably smaller than in 1982, and not as up-to-date as our own. The point being that, if we had to do it again and werenâ€™t engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan, we could do it, just differently.
Not sure if Iâ€™d agree but Iâ€™d be interested to hear your opinions on thatâ€¦